Republicans survived intense special election challenges from Democrats in Kansas and (so far) Georgia. The latter is subject to a runoff election after no candidates got a majority of the vote in the general election, but in both instances the left has been trying to suggest that their almost wins portend something bad for Republicans later in the 2018 cycle.
But Rep. Kevin Cramer, who was on my radio show today, doesn’t see it that way.
“It’s amazing how much Democrats…like to pretend their losses are victories,” he told me when I asked him about those races. He added that special elections are “very difficult to use as a barometer for things to come” because they tend to happen amid pretty unique circumstances.
He also expressed some frustration with the intense media coverage of these races. “Our media is so hung up on the politics of things,” he said, adding that “there are really serious policy discussions going on.”
“Yet the news seems to be focused on campaign drama,” he said.
I also asked him about the intense amount of scrutiny he’s been getting here at the dawn of the 2018 election cycle what with his name being circulated as the most likely challenger to incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
He said there wasn’t nearly as much scrutiny “prior to my being talked about as a potential U.S. Senate candidate.”
Here’s the full audio: