Love, the 1980s pop singer Pat Benatar once famously observed is a battlefield. But so, too, are the three U.S. House seats in suburban Philadelphia. And heading into the brutally contested 2018 mid-term elections, that's more true than ever right now. Democrats have long coveted - and even once controlled - the 7th and 8th Congressional District seats now respectively held by U.S. Reps.Pat Meehan and Brian Fitzpatrick. And they've been trying for more than a decade to wrest away the 6th Congressional District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, but have never quite managed to seal the deal. So along comes University of Virginia political analyst Kyle Kondik, who's putting all three of those seats, along with the Allentown-based 15th District (held by Rep. Charlie Dent, who's retiring in 2018), into his "Lean Republican" category in his newest rankings list.
But it doesn’t have to be, nor should it be.