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Oakland County political gossip

CRYSTAL BALL

December 26, 2019

As President Donald Trump suffered the humiliation of being the third president in our country’s history to ever be impeached by the House of Representatives, two local Democratic congresswomen who flipped long-held Republican seats, Haley Stevens (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Rochester Hills, Troy, Commerce Township, western Wayne and Oakland counties) and Elissa Slotkin (Rochester, Rochester Hills, northern Oakland County, parts of Livingston and Ingham counties) voted in favor of impeachment. Both congresswomen reported they solemnly studied the articles of impeachment, read the Constitution and voted based on the facts and their conscience – and not to appease any political base. Roll Call, a newspaper which reports on legislative and political maneuvering in Washington D.C., believes both of their district’s ratings, regardless of their votes on impeachment, “based on Republicans’ self-inflicted wounds, slow recruiting or suburbs continuing to shift against the president,” continue to gain in Democrats’ favor. For Stevens, in MI-11, Roll Call rated the district from “Leans Democratic” to “Likely Democratic.” Slotkin’s MI-8 district has moved from “Tilts Democratic” to “Leans Democratic.” The impeachment vote may have even helped move the needle for them. But that’s for the crystal ball to forecast.

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