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    More Than Half The Republicans In Tossup Races Arenít On DACA Discharge Petition

    More Than Half The Republicans In Tossup Races Arenít On DACA Discharge Petition


    By Cameron Joseph | June 12, 2018 3:15 pm
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    The coalition of GOP immigration moderates demanding a fix to help undocumented immigrants brought here as children remain in the country legally is just three votes short of forcing the issue.


    And as the effort faces its biggest test on Tuesday, the only thing more surprising than the open revolt from dozens of House Republicans against their own leadership might be how many Republicans facing tough reelection fights havenít joined them.


    More than half of the House Republicans the nonpartisan Cook Political Report says are the most vulnerable incumbents in Congress havenít joined the bipartisan effort to help force a vote on some version of the DREAM Act by signing a discharge petition that would force a vote on the House floor. Thatís nine of the 17 members in Cookís tossup category.

    Some are bigger surprises than others.


    The one member who could be seriously damaged by his allegiance to leadership in the tossup category is Rep. John Culberson (R-TX).

    The longtime congressman is facing his first tough election fight in years, and sits in a majority-minority district that is nearly one third Hispanic and 10 percent Asian.


    Many of the other members who havenít signed on make more sense. Some are from whiter, more rural and populist districts where helping DACA recipients isnít as popular, like Reps. Rod Blum (R-IA) Mike Bost (R-IL), Claudia Tenney (R-NY). Others are from more upscale, relatively white suburbs where they might be on the opposite side of the majority of their district but itís not a top issue for many voters, like Reps.

    Peter Roskam (R-IL), Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Jason Lewis (R-MN) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA).

    And Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has long been an immigration hardliner ó and while Rohrabacherís suburban Orange County district is diversifying it remains one of the whitest in Southern California (and one where the white voters are the most hardline anti-immigrant).

    Thatís different than some of the Republicans who support the discharge petition. Two of the ringleaders in the effort, Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA), who hail from heavily Hispanic districts, though others, like Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Erik Paulsen (R-MN), come from the same kind of more upscale suburban districts as some of the holdouts.

    The Republicans who are in slightly better political shape heading into this fallís elections are significantly less likely to support the discharge petition. Just two (!) of the 21 Republicans Cookís Dave Wasserman puts in the ďlean RepublicanĒ category ó that is, those who need to watch their backs but have the edge right now heading into the general election ó have signed the petition. Those two are Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), the third GOP leader of the discharge petition push, and Mia Love (R-UT), who represents a heavily Mormon district where immigration reform has much more backing from Republicans than most places (itís supported by the Mormon church). Love also is the daughter of Haitian immigrants.


    There are a few more Republicans in this category who could be hurt by their refusal to join the discharge petition: Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA), whose district is about one fifth Hispanic and one fifth Asian American, and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), a member of House GOP leadership whose district is more than one quarter Hispanic.


    Hereís the full list of Republicans in tossup races who havenít joined the discharge petition:


    Rohrabacher
    Blum
    Roskam
    Bost
    Lewis
    Tenney
    Rothfus
    Culberson
    Comstock

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