January 17, 2019 11:38 AM
The best part about 2019 being 17 days old is we can start looking ahead to 2020 already.
Larry Sabato released his first “Crystal Ball” predictions for next year’s election Thursday morning. The prognosticator finds only two competitive Georgia Races: Rob Woodall in the 7th as a toss up and Lucy McBath in the sixth as a Leans Democrat.
“The GOP Toss-up column includes..two Trump-won suburban districts (GA-7 and NE-2) that were also very close in 2018 and that could break against the president in 2020,” Sabato wrote.
Republicans who are optimistic about flipping the House in 2020 should temper their enthusiasm, Sabato cautions:
“As we assess the House playing field for the first time, we think Democrats start as favorites to hold the House majority. There are a lot of little reasons that go into this assessment, but there’s one major one that really undergirds that analysis. Here’s goes:
“Even if President Donald Trump is renominated and reelected to a second term in the White House, it is not at all clear from history that his reelection would provide sufficient coattails to net the minimum needed gain of 18 Republican House seats. Indeed, the last five reelected presidents saw their parties fall short of that net total in their election years, and the House hasn’t switched from one party to the other and then back again in consecutive elections since 1952-1954 (please refer back to our piece from November for more of this history). If Trump (or another Republican) does not win the presidency, it’s almost impossible to imagine the Republicans simultaneously losing the White House but gaining the House majority.”