by Nick Givas
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the booming economy and a strong desire for personal safety will keep the House in play for Republicans come Tuesday.
“Well look, I think the number one thing that’s relevant to the vote tomorrow is the economy,” Gingrich said on Fox News’s America’s Newsroom Monday. “And I think in a lot of districts, that’s propping up Republicans who might be in trouble on other issues.”
Gingrich said the American people are taking notice of higher wages and more jobs, but said it will still be difficult for Republicans to retain control of both houses.
“The people look at it and they go, ‘there really are more jobs. Wages really are going up. The future really looks dramatically better.’ And so there’s a bias that’s, I think, actually held the Republicans up in both House and Senate races where they might have been in much more trouble,” he continued.
“Off years are hard … We got to be a majority for the first time in 40 years in Bill Clinton’s first off-year election. So I understand how tough it is to be the incumbent presidential party.”
Gingrich also claimed voters want a “sense of safety” from threats like MS-13 and the opioid crisis and said they won’t find it within the Democratic Party.
“The economy is the number one thing holding it up I think, second is a sense of safety. And I think the left continually misunderstands how dangerous things like the MS-13 gang is, how dangerous fentanyl killing people is. And so there’s a real gap in how we see the world,” Gingrich said.
“And I think that’s why … every single Democrat in the Senate co-sponsored Dianne Feinstein’s bill for open borders, which is totally indefensible and in fact it won’t work and they can’t actually talk about it.”
Gingrich then predicted Republicans will reach at least 54 seats in the Senate by the end of election night.
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Nick Givas is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation. You can Follow Nick on Twitter.