News Tip: Rep. Meadows’ Retirement ‘Could Divert Much-Needed GOP Resources,’ Expert Says

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) announced Thursday that he would not seek reelection next year but would continue supporting President Trump in an unspecified role, noting in a statement that “my work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning.”

Quotes:
“Already fighting an uphill battle to reclaim the U.S. House, Republicans losing incumbency advantage in this once-safe NC-11 district could divert much-needed GOP resources into what should be a more competitive open-seat race,” says B.J. Rudell, associate director of Duke University’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS).

“The most interesting angle is whether the newly drawn NC-11, which pulls in bluer Asheville, is now in play. It might come down to the strength of up-ballot candidates for governor, senator, and president -- and which party’s voters are more motivated heading into the 2020 election.”

Bio:
B.J. Rudell, associate director of Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS), can discuss election campaigns, gerrymandering, the presidency and political parties. He has worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, on a presidential campaign, published political op-eds and appeared on major TV and radio programs.
https://polis.duke.edu/about/leadership/associate-director/

For additional comment, contact Rudell at:
bj.rudell@duke.edu

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