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Why House Races Still Matter (Even in Safe Districts)

Brat's primary upset over then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014 interrupted the GOP's succession plan, which was years in the making. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The media is laser focused on Donald Trump and the presidential race and any scraps of attention are given to the fight for the Senate majority, while House races are deemed irrelevant.  

But even though the majority is not in imminent danger, there are at least three reasons to pay attention to House races.  

1. The majority matters:  It should go without saying, but the House will have a major impact on how easily the next president will be able to implement his or her legislative agenda.  

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, or even Trump may ride into office with all the hopes and dreams in the world, but the partisan control of the House will validate or exterminate those plans.