GOP Cuts Off Sixth House Incumbent, Continuing Suburban Triage

UNITED STATES - JULY 25: House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee chairman Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., is seen during a House Appropriations Committee markup of the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill in Rayburn Building on July 25, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee chairman Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., is seen during a House Appropriations Committee markup of the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations B... UNITED STATES - JULY 25: House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee chairman Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., is seen during a House Appropriations Committee markup of the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill in Rayburn Building on July 25, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) MORE LESS
|
October 1, 2018 8:37 a.m.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled its TV reservations for Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), making him the sixth House incumbent that either the group or its closely aligned super-PAC are leaving for dead heading into the campaign’s final month.

The NRCC canceled the ads in recent days, GOP sources confirm, walking away from Yoder in a suburban Kansas City district that President Trump lost by 1 point in 2016. Yoder is facing attorney and former mixed martial arts fighter Sharice Davids in the seat. If she wins, which now looks likely, she’ll become the first Native American woman and only the second openly gay woman ever to be elected to Congress.

He joins Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Mike Bishop (R-MI), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Rod Blum (R-IA) and Keith Rothfus (R-PA) as incumbents that either the NRCC or the Congressional Leadership Fund, the GOP’s main super-PAC, have been forced to give up on to save their money for more winnable districts.

These half-dozen members, paired with more than a half-dozen open that Republicans aren’t seriously spending in, give Democrats roughly half the seats they need for the House majority this fall.

Latest Dc
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Audience Development Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: