by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Democratic Party is trying to build a new House majority with a collection of political neophytes who hail from business, medicine, philanthropy and the military.
On Monday, Democratic officials shared with the Washington Examiner the party’s emerging 2018 slate, a collection of recruits that it believes could challenge Republicans in traditionally conservative districts that are dissatisfied with President Trump.
They include Vietnamese physician Mai-Khanh Tran, poised to challenge House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., in an Orange County district that voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Trump; and attorney and Army combat veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq Jason Crow, who is running against Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a Marine veteran, in a suburban Denver district that Hillary Clinton won.
Democrats expect additional, similar candidates to declare in the coming days in seats deemed crucial to their midterm strategy. …
… At issue is whether a restless liberal base, animated by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will tolerate nominees who are good political fits for their districts but might seek to moderate to appeal to Republican voters who want to put a check on Trump but are queasy about installing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. as speaker.