2018 ELECTION: A PRELUDE TO 2020
GEARING UP, ACTIVATING SPECIAL INTEREST PARTISAN GROUPS FOR 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) who took the seat of resigning AL FRANKEN (D-MN) is running against other candidates in the 2018 Special Election to retain the seat for the remaining unexpired term. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) joins retiring Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) in not seeking re-election.
A large field of candidates have filed in many states regardless of whether they are in the same party as the incumbent or not, and especially in states of retiring Senators, and those whose constituency has changed due to migration.
There are a large number of governor seats up for election this year and a large number of candidates have filed to fill them. It would be well to check those out to see if there is a national trend, viable candidates for change of party or not. Holding the governor's chair is important for either party in future and current elections. The more people drawn to vote in an election for some particular reason, the more power a majority party has to gain both in state and in presidential elections.
2018 can be seen as an important, critical prelude to what happens in 2020. Parties who hold many special interest groups are gearing up and encouraging their partisan groups to be active since the Trump election in order to get out the vote in 2020.
Several felons are running in the Maryland race for U.S. Senator against Ben Cardin. Maryland is one of the liberal states, so although the convicted might be free to run, it is not likely that Cardin will be unseated.
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