“I want the President to be successful. I’ve obviously been disappointed in some of the things he’s done,” Coffman told reporters in Henderson at the beginning of August as he tried to master this balancing act. “I think people in the district see me as an independent voice. ...If I’m seen as someone who is following the President at every turn, I think it’s problematic.”
Coffman is perennially at the top of the list of toss-up races. He beat his Democratic opponent last year by 8 points but is facing especially strong headwinds going into 2018. He represents one of the 23 congressional districts held by Republicans but won by Clinton last year. Democrats are going to put everything they’ve got into seizing those districts. If they flip one more, they’ll have the 24 seats needed to regain control of the House.