Republican leaders are exhorting every House incumbent - even conservative reps in conservative districts - to step up their fundraising and campaign efforts with the message that nobody is safe in November, Politico reports.
In the aftermath of a loss in the Pennsylvania special election and the doom and gloom estimates about November, GOP leaders aren't taking any chances anywhere.
"In a year like this, every Republican is vulnerable. If you don't take your race seriously, you'll probably lose," veteran Republican pollster Robert Blizzard told Politico.
That means pouring $400,000 into the Arizona special election in support of Debbie Lesko, the Republican vying for the seat vacated by the disgrace Rep. Trent Franks. That means Speaker Paul Ryan holding a fundraiser for Lesko and No. 2 Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy flying out there next week on her behalf ahead of the April 24 special, Politico reports.
All that in a conservative district that President Donald Trump won by 21 points in 2016. All that for a candidate who's not even an incumbent.
It also means polling in dead-red conservative districts, just to be safe, Politico reports.
Just don't get caught flat-footed, GOP operatives are warning.
"Republicans are losing elections because they don’t understand and are not appealing to Trump voters, and Trump voters are staying home because the Republican establishment has no clue how to get them out," veteran GOP pollster John McLaughlin told Politico.
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