Poll: Impeachment Hurting Rep. Kendra Horn’s Reelection Chances

December 6, 2019 Updated: December 6, 2019
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump could create a problem for vulnerable House Democrats whose constituents have soured on impeachment.

One of them is Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), according to a poll posted by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, who wrote that Pelosi “is marching members of her caucus off the plank and into the abyss. Impeachment is killing her freshman members and polling proves it.”

He noted that in Horn’s district, a majority disagree with impeachment and want her to focus on improving the country.

The poll, from Republican pollster Anthony Fabrizio, found that 49 percent of Oklahomans in her district are looking for a new member of Congress. Only 37 percent said she should be reelected.

Parscale tweeted that there will be “more to come on other members soon,” referring to vulnerable Democrats. “Say goodbye to your majority, Nancy!” he tweeted.

After Pelosi announced her caucus would seek to draft articles of impeachment against Trump on Thursday, Horn conducted an interview with a local media outlet where she attempted to tread carefully on the matter.

“I am reserving judgment until I have all the facts and until I have reviewed any articles to be brought before the House of Representatives for a vote,” Horn said in a statement on Thursday to the Oklahoman. “I approach every vote and issue with the thoughtfulness, deliberation, and fairness that Oklahomans deserve.”

Horn previously said she supported the inquiry into Trump but avoided making any conclusions. But on Oct. 31, Horn voted “yes” on a measure that would establish the procedures for the impeachment inquiry, including weeks of public hearings on whether Trump abused his office. All 197 Republicans and two Democrats voted against the measure.

Her district favored Trump by 11 points in 2016, making her one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the House of Representatives in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), has given Trump until 5 p.m. on Friday to decide whether he or his legal counsel will participate in upcoming Judiciary Committee proceedings by calling witnesses, introducing evidence and making a presentation. Committee Republicans have been given the same deadline to request witnesses, including any they might want to subpoena.

Nadler has scheduled a committee hearing for Monday. His committee is responsible for drafting articles of impeachment and would have to approve them before sending them to the full House for a vote, which is expected before Christmas.

Reuters contributed to this report.