Democrats in the House of Representatives are thinking that they have a chance to win the majority away from Republicans in the November election.
Donald Trump's recent controversies and the Republican reaction to them have left Democrats more hopeful that they could take at least 30 seats away from the GOP, according to The Hill.
The first evidence came from a poll that showed Florida Democrat Stephanie Murphy taking a 2-point lead over 12-term Republican and Trump supporter Rep. John Mica. It's the first district-only poll since Trump's lewd 2005 comments were released.
Trump has vowed to ramp up attacks on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, if more tapes are released.
If Democrats return to the majority in the House, it would be the first time in six years.
They view the effect Trump could have on down-ballot Republicans as a potential opening. House Majority PAC spokesman Jeb Fain called Trump's controversies a "game-changer" and said the "districts that are close are going to start moving our way."
National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Katie Martin rejected that idea, saying, "We hear Democrats predict cycle after cycle that they can win the majority, but it's clear their talking points are the definition of insanity. Our members' hard work is recognized by their constituents and will be rewarded this fall."
Democratic Congressional Committee chairman, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, said in a conference call that Trump's controversies "are expanding our universe of opportunities" and the GOP nominee has made every close race a little more winnable for the Democrats. He urged his colleagues to pitch in to expand the Democrats' coverage of voters.
"With such a positive environment for Democrats, our budgets will ultimately be our biggest limitation," Lujan said, according to a sources in The Hill.
Democrats are going after Trump supporters such as New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has been called "blindly partisan" and those who drop their support of the candidate, such as Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman. The Democratic Committee said he was acting out of "self preservation."
Democratic contenders are using Trump's comments as fuel for new ads, targeting Coffman and Republicans in Florida and California. They are now targeting Republicans that were once thought as safe bets to keep their seats, including Rep. Mica and lawmakers from New Jersey, California, Kansas, and Montana.
Democrats are facing their own controversies, including WikiLeaks dumps of the Clinton campaign's emails. Democrats are looking for a "wave" of reaction to sweep Republicans out and them back in.
During an interview on CNN, New York Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said Democrats have a chance. "In the context of a wave election, there's historic precedent, and a significant number of seats currently held by House Republicans were won by Barack Obama," Jeffries said.
"If Hillary Clinton can improve on Barack Obama's performance slightly, as she looks like she'll do right now, we'll be in the House majority."
Democrats are optimistic about a House takeover, but a Washington Post's analysis called it "still in the realm of the hypothetical."
California Republican Party officials said that Nancy Pelosi's prediction that the House was in play is "as reliable as a carnival palm reader," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
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