Bannon putting Senate majority at risk in 2018, Republicans warn

TheHill | 10/10/2017 | Alexander Bolton
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Republicans on Capitol Hill fear that Stephen Bannon’s plan to wage primary challenges against incumbent senators will put their majority at risk in 2018.

Senate GOP aides warn that Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, is not motivated by a desire to advance President Trump’s agenda, but instead by a quest to remake the GOP in his own, nationalist image.

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“If anyone misunderstands what Steve Bannon’s goal is, they have to open their eyes. He doesn’t care if we win or lose the Senate. He doesn’t care about the consequences for the president,” said one Senate Republican aide.

“Mr. Bannon, it seems clear, does not care about Republicans maintaining their majority in either chamber. He’s putting his former boss’s agenda on the line in his quest of take over and destroy the Republican Party,” the source added.

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Bannon did not respond to an email summarizing the criticism of Senate GOP aides.

The former White House adviser this week said he is working to field primary challengers against incumbents such as Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). None are considered at risk of losing their reelection races.

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“Nobody is safe. We are coming after all of them, and we’re going to win,” Bannon said Monday on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

The threat from Bannon is just the latest headache for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after a frustrating summer where he took heavy fire from the right and from his own president.

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McConnell should have little to worry about in 2018, given that Democrats are defending 25 seats, compared with only nine for Republicans.

But Trump’s unpopularity and the possibility of brutal intraparty primary battles are threatening to scramble the map.

Election - Forecaster - Charlie - Cook - Week

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