GOP Eyes Pickup Opportunity After Dem Announces New Plans

Republicans are eyeing Arizona Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s seat as a potential pickup opportunity in a cycle where they are largely on defense, now that she is opening up the seat to run for Senate.

Sinema’s Phoenix-area district decisively supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, but Republicans still view the race as competitive.

“Yet another House Democrat has vacated a competitive seat and the NRCC is ready to take advantage,” National Republican Congrsessional Committee spokesman Matt Gorman said. “The NRCC not only believes this seat is in play, but is a prime pickup opportunity in 2018.”

Clinton won the seat by 17 points in 2016, and former President Barack Obama won the district by four points in 2008 and 2012.

Read more at Roll Call.