Steve Pearce isn’t the only New Mexican in Congress in good spirits this week. Ben Ray Lujan, Congressman representing New Mexico’s northern district, is the chair of the committee responsible for recruiting candidates for Congress and his predictions for Democratic wins in 2018 got a lot rosier this week.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of Nambe is going to be a key figure for Democrats in the next election cycle.
That’s because he’s the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. As such, he’s tasked with aiding Democrats in their pursuit of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives—and while he won’t say if he’s confident Democrats will do so in the 2018 midterms, he says they will pick up seats…
“It’s too early to know what’s going to happen in November of 2018, but I can tell you Democrats in the House are on offensive, and there’s no question that we will pick up seats in 2018,” he said according to the paper.
Luján noted the bungled health care push by Republicans (which may not be over) to replace the Affordable Care Act. After just 17 days, they scrapped the plan.
Professional prognosticator Nate Silver appears to agree with Lujan in a recent tweet.
People forget how bad midterms usually are for the president’s party. A wave election is almost the default; it’s a matter of magnitude.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 29, 2017