If a blue wave materializes this fall, it could not only wipe out the GOP’s majority in the House, but could also knock out some of the party’s top members.
Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking woman in Republican leadership, is locked in a highly competitive race in her traditionally red district in eastern Washington, which was just rated as a “toss-up” by one election handicapper this week.
Two other members of lower leadership — Reps. Pete Sessions (Texas), chairman of the House Rules Committee, and Mimi Walters (Calif.), the sophomore class representative — are also fighting to hang on to their seats in competitive races in November’s midterm elections.
A few senior Republicans eyeing leadership bids or committee gavels next year, including Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (Ohio) and senior GOP whip member Ann Wagner (Mo.), are also not in the clear in what’s shaping up as a tough year for the GOP.
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