Dem leader offers cautious optimism for flipping House

Pa. primary results are heartening Dems nationally

Pat Loeb
May 16, 2018 - 3:57 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — National Democrats are heartened by the results of Pennsylvania's primary. 

As a result of high voter turnout, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez is optimistic his party now has the opportunity to change several congressional seats from Republican to Democrat.

"Democrats are showing up. The Democratic enthusiasm is there. The Republicans cleaned our clocks on turnout in 2014. This time around, there were 100,000 more Democrats than Republicans," he said.

Perez also said the number of female Democratic candidates is a good sign.

"In the year of the woman, we now have seven women on the ballot for the U.S. House races," he noted. "Each is really well-suited for the jurisdiction in which they are running."

Perez acknowledged criticism that the party has found ways to botch opportunities before, but he believes Democrats could flip as many as eight seats in Pennsylvania.

"We're organizing in every corner of the state and we didn't do that in recent years," he added. "We ceded large swaths of Pennsylvania and we're doing that no more."