Major GOP group pulls support for Mike Coffman’s re-election bid
Author: Associated Press - September 28, 2018 - Updated: September 29, 2018
But Coffman is one of 25 Republicans representing congressional districts won by Clinton and has been seen as highly vulnerable. Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to take control of the House.
“That’s Washington, D.C.,” Coffman campaign manager Tyler Sandberg said of the CLF move. “One day you’re up, the next day you’re down. That’s not how Mike Coffman is wired. He’s a Marine. Damn the torpedoes — Team Coffman is full speed ahead.”
Dropping Bishop is perhaps the more significant sign of the party’s prospects. President Donald Trump won the suburban Detroit district by 7 percentage points while narrowly winning Michigan overall.
But Republicans in Michigan have struggled this year, and Bishop has been regularly outraised by his challenger Elissa Slotkin, a former CIA agent and defense official.
Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the House GOP campaign arm has not canceled its ad reservations in either Bishop’s or Coffman’s district.