Rachel Maddow Reveals Republicans Are 'Freaking Out' About a Democratic Insurgency in America's Reddest States
The Trump administration may be methodically dismantling Obama's legacy, but as Rachel Maddow revealed Monday, it's not all doom and gloom for the Democrats. Just look at the special elections in Kansas and Georgia.
"These are elections to fill the congressional seats of two Republicans [Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Tom Price of Georgia] who got bumped up from the House of Representatives to take positions in the Trump administration," the MSNBC host explained Monday night.
"[And while] these are both red districts in red states... the Republican Party is freaking out about the prospect that these seats may be at risk," she said.
The Kansas special election, held April 11, is the first of the Trump era, and has become unexpectedly competitive in recent weeks.
"The district hasn't gone Democratic in more than two decades, and President Trump won that district by 27 points in November," Chris Hayes observed earlier that night. "But the National Republican Congressional Committee seems a bit spooked [judging by its ad] against Democratic candidate James Thompson, a civil rights attorney and Army veteran."
The Thompson campaign says the ad attacking his alleged support for taypayer-funded, late-term abortions is completely false. But given the district's conservative bent, it could have an outsized effect on election results.
Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Jon Ossof is surging in a Georgia district that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price won handily (and Donald Trump nearly lost).
Much of this insurgency can be attributed to the progressive fundraising group ActBlue, which has raised over $100 million since January.
"The reaction to the Trump administration and the surge in action is unlike anything we've seen before," ActBlue's Chelsea McDonnell said.