GOP can 'win big' with right message but Dem base fired up, too

GOP can 'win big' with right message but Dem base fired up, too

GOP can 'win big' with right message but Dem base fired up, too

The U.S. House of Representatives is predicted to flip to the Republican Party after the November elections, but the number of seats to make that happen has dropped and a longtime Republican says the fault lies with GOP leaders.

According to a CBS News Battleground Tracker, Republicans are predicted to hold 226 seats in the 2023 session, a prediction that is down four seats since July.

A majority of 218 seats are needed to win the majority and right now the Democrats have a slim majority with Nancy Pelosi serving as House Speaker.

For its Battleground Tracker, a CBS News/YouGov survey was conducted with 2,126 registered voters last week, August 24 to 26.

In a discussion about the GOP taking back the House, former GOP governor Mike Huckabee told The Todd Starnes Show the American public must hear a message from the Republican Party: It cares about the impact of high grocery bills and the price of gasoline at the pump.

“Sometimes I really have felt that Republicans have a great message for the corporate board room and the corner office,” Huckabee said. “They don't have a good message for the dinner table, for the guy who lifted heavy things all day and sweated through all the way to his socks."

Going back generations, Democratic leaders have warned their loyal base the Republican Party is rich white people who watch out for their rich friends in Big Business, but it was Donald Trump – who was called racist and xenophobic by Democrats and the media – whose populist message siphoned off support from black voters and from Hispanic voters.

President Biden, meanwhile, who officially got more votes than any U.S. presidential candidate in history, watched his poll numbers crater to 36% approval just last month. That number comes after his administration is allowing a baby formula shortage; approving of millions of illegal aliens pouring across the border; overseeing 40-year inflation numbers it called “transitory;” and suggesting record-setting gasoline prices are good for the “liberal world order" because electric cars and solar panels will save the planet.

Despite all that, the CBS News/YouGov poll suggests the Democratic Party is firing up its base thanks to the Dobbs abortion case, a drop in gas prices, and the Mar-a-Lago raid, Politico, citing the poll, reported. Biden’s approval rating in that poll rose three points to 45%, the story said.

“There should be a clear choice that Americans have between people who want to secure the border and those who don't,” Huck told Todd Starnes. “People who want to use our energy and make our costs lower and those who want to make the costs higher; those who want to truly fight inflation and those who are going to keep it going.”

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor known for his plain and folksy talk, told the radio show that Republicans have to “speak to the Waffle House and not to the country club."

Republicans can “win big” if that distinction is clear on Election Day, he said.