In the midst of a contentious midterm election season, President Trump took aim at Nancy Pelosi on Friday, pleading with Democrats not to "distance" themselves from the House minority leader. One of House Republicans' primary campaign tactics has been to use Pelosi as a boogeywoman of sorts, trying to tie Democratic hopefuls to her. In the 5th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a top Republican House leader, held a narrow lead over Democrat Lisa Brown.
The sarcasm-dripping tweet aside, Trump's interest in Democrats backing the House minority leader is likely genuine.
The 2016 loss was particularly troubling for House Democrats, and anti-Pelosi fervor within the party grew.
The two are seeking the seat left open by long-time incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, who is retiring.
Schrier, a pediatrician, was in second place in updated returns Thursday, followed closely by Democratic attorney Jason Rittereiser.
The poll also found Democrats are nearly evenly split when asked whether Pelosi should remain in party leadership, while 79-percent of independents said Democrats need to find a new leader. "The findings suggest a yearning for change", said Dritan Nesho CEO of HarrisX.
Corry Bliss of the Conservative Leadership Fund says Minnesota is "Ground Zero" for control of the House.
"Running against Nancy Pelosi is like running against George W. Bush in 2010 which Democrats tried to do".
"I'm certainly on the keep Pelosi bandwagon", Republican pollster Jim Hobart told host Joe Concha before adding that he believed his party had become too reliant on attacks on the long-serving Democratic leader.