House Republican leaders will make last-minute trips to campaign against endangered Democratic incumbents this week, while their Democratic counterparts will raise money and try to fortify their base ahead of Tuesday's elections, according to leadership aides.
Speaker John Boehner was campaigning Tuesday for Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost, who is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. William Enyart in the state's 12th District. On Wednesday Boehner will travel to West Virginia to stump for state Sen. Evan Jenkins in his bid to defeat Rep. Nick Rahall. Both races are rated as toss-ups byTheCook Political Report.
Boehner will also visit West Virginia's 2nd District on Wednesday to campaign for Alex Mooney in a race that favors Republicans. Boehner spent Monday in Iowa, campaigning for David Young in a toss-up House race against Staci Appel. An aide to the speaker said there will be more campaign stops, but did not provide details.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, will make his final campaign trip of the season to Georgia to assist businessman Rick Allen in his campaign against Democratic Rep. John Barrow.
Majority Whip Steve Scalise started a jaunt through the Southwest a week ago and plans to finish on Thursday in Oklahoma, stumping for Rep. Jim Bridenstine and Army veteran Steve Russell, who is running for Congress in the state's 5th District, considered a safe GOP seat. After that, Scalise will head back to his home district in Louisiana for Election Day.