Republicans are planning to use the Democratic push in the House to impeach President Donald Trump against them in the 2020 election to win back control of the chamber.
Some political strategists believe the strategy has merit, especially in Democrat-held districts that Trump won in 2016, The Associated Press reported.
Voters in many of those districts are divided over whether they support the impeachment effort, which could also mean the tactic could fail, too, analysts said, given that elections are still 11 months away.
“It will be part of the mosaic, but hardly the overriding issue,” GOP pollster Whit Ayres said regarding impeachment’s impact next November, the AP said.
“It will have faded by then and it will also have simply reinforced the preexisting attitudes and made them more intense.”
Of course, that depends on how quickly or slowly Democrats move on impeachment, if they decide to move forward.
Various polls in recent weeks have shown a decline in support for impeachment, especially among Independents.
But Republicans will nevertheless focus on that in campaign ads as a means of reminding voters that the opposition party drove the impeachment effort in the first place.
Analysts note that other than impeachment, the economy, the rising stock market, trade, and other issues will weigh on voters’ minds.
In those respects, however, it would seem that Trump and Republicans have the advantage, given that unemployment is at historic lows, markets keep setting records, and the administration has made gains in trade negotiations with China and other countries.
House Democrats will be defending their 233-197 majority, with four vacancies. The GOP will be defending a 53-47 majority in the Senate.