Dems Pin Midterm Hopes on Republican Women Flipping

CHARLOTTE – It didn’t work out too well in 2016, despite the well-spun narrative of women being disgusted with Donald Trump and the GOP. Now the Left reading from the same playbook, banking on women – particularly suburban Republican women – turning out to vote for Democrats.

This Politico piece spells that out as they look to flip votes in the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina, a race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready. And how else would Democrats do it, but to smear the Republican male candidates as sexist and present the Democrat candidates as ‘woke.’

“I came here to North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District and in particular to its suburban areas of southeastern Charlotte—where Mecklenburg County bleeds into Union County—not just to talk to as many women as possible but to try to talk to a specific sort of woman. I was looking for a woman who voted for Trump in 2016 but now is angered or offended or disgruntled or just plain dispirited enough to flip. I wanted to talk to a Trump defector. Based on what I had read I figured it wouldn’t be too hard.

This district, which stretches east some 120 miles along the South Carolina border all the way to Fayetteville, has voted Republican for the U.S. House since 1962. Trump won the 9th by 12 points. So did Mitt Romney four years earlier. But growth in these parts has helped create a microcosm of purple North Carolina and of the nation as a whole. “It is,” said Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College in nearby Salisbury, “turning into the classic 2018 suburban battleground.”

Women, say strategists and consultants, are key. And the choice here this year is stark. The Democrat, Dan McCready, is a 34-year-old Marine Corps veteran who went to Duke University and Harvard Business School and started a solar farm company, and now is running as a moderate who preaches the importance of bipartisanship. The Republican, Mark Harris, is a 52-year-old, Appalachian State- and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary-educated pastor who ousted incumbent Robert Pittenger in this year’s GOP primary, believes wives should “submit” to their husbands and wonders whether a career is “the healthiest pursuit” for a woman, and is running on a pro-life, anti-gun-control platform that also includes repealing the Affordable Care Act and building Trump’s border wall.”

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