Are Republicans better off without Ron Johnson?

ロン・ジョンソン まだ hasn’t made up his mind about whether he will run for a third Senate term in 2022 — and he doesn’t seem to be in any particular rush to do so.

I don’t feel any pressure to make it, 本当に, anytime soon,” ジョンソン AP通信に語った on Thursday of his decision, 追加する: “I’m undecided.
Which is interestingon a lot of levels, but none more so than this: Would Senate Republicans have a better chance of holding the seat if Johnson decided to retire?
    That isn’t a question that I would ask about most incumbents weighing whether or not to run. 結局, incumbents, historically, have had a much higher rate of success in holding on to their seats than the average candidate.
      (一例: Iowa Sen. チャックグラスリー, 誰が持っている yet to announce whether he will run again in 2022, would have a MUCH better chance of holding the seat for Republicans than any replacement candidate if he decides to retire.)
        But Johnson isn’t just any incumbent representing just any state. He’s a very controversial senator who has spent the last few years acting as though he represents a Republican fortress like Idaho or Mississippi when in fact he currently holds a Senate seat in Wisconsin.

        There was that time when Johnson said the media was overblowing the number of people who were dying from the coronavirus. And the time he demanded that Attorney General Bill Barr provide evidence that there wasn’t fraud in the 2020 選挙. And that other time when Johnson said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi impeached Donald Trump to distract from her role in the January 6 国会議事堂の暴動.
          There’s more. 多くの, much more. But you get the idea.
          None of Johnson’s out-there positioning fits the swing nature of Wisconsin. This is a state that Trump won narrowly in 2016 そして Biden won by 0.6 percentage point (20,000 投票) 昨年11月. Democrats control seven of the eight statewide elected offices in Wisconsin, with Johnson the lone Republican.
          要するに, this isn’t a state where Johnson’s Trumpy-ness will play all that well. (Donald Trump himself is, 驚くことではないが, all in for Johnson to run for a third term; “He has no idea how popular he is,” the former President said earlier 今年. “メイフィールドは声明で言った, ロン, メイフィールドは声明で言った!”)
            While few Republicans have talked about their interest in an open-seat raceout of deference to Johnson — がある five GOP members in the state’s House delegation, several of whom would likely take a look at the race and none of whom would start with the negatives of Johnson.
            ポイント: With Republicans needing just a single-seat gain to retake the majority in 2022, every seat counts. And Wisconsin is going to be a major battleground no matter what. The real question is whether Republicans would have a better chance without Ron Johnson in the race.

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