FILE- In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, the U.S. Capitol at sunset in Washington. Republicans have high hopes of using the House drive toward impeaching President Donald Trump to defeat Democrats from swing districts loaded with moderate voters. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Impeachment’s influence hazy as issue in congressional races

November 30, 2019 - 7:50 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aim to use the House drive toward impeaching President Donald Trump to whittle down Democrats’ majority by dislodging vulnerable incumbents from swing districts loaded with moderate voters.

It could work, especially in Democrat-held districts that Trump carried in 2016 with throngs of independent voters. Polls show those people are closely divided over his removal.

Or it could flop.

These days, news zooms by so swiftly that today’s concerns may be eclipsed in 11 months. And many people seem more focused on pocketbook issues such as health care costs.

What’s clear is that for now, Republicans are wielding impeachment mostly as an offensive weapon. Democrats are generally changing the subject and playing defense as the 2020 congressional races rev up.

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