Which congressional districts are most likely to flip from "red" to "blue" in 2018? A good place to start is with the districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, but which are currently represented by Republican lawmakers.
Take California's 48th congressional district, for example, where Clinton narrowly prevailed, while far-right Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) won re-election with relative ease. Democrats at the state and national level believe they have a real chance to succeed here, thanks in part to Rohrabacher's antics and assorted controversies.
Take last week's developments, for example, when Rohrabacher effectively endorsed housing discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.
Rohrabacher initially made the remarks last week while speaking to a group of National Association of Realtors members who had congregated in his office. Members of the group were there to ask Rohrabacher to support HR 1447, a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes protected against discrimination in the Fair Housing Act (FHA) under the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
"I presented the Fair Housing Act to him along with [information on HR 1447]," Wayne Woodyard, one of the NAR members in the room, told NBC News. "Almost before I could finish, he let out, 'I will not support it.'"
Woodyard went on to say, "There were about 10 people in his office, and we were all kind of shocked." When a former aide to the congressman suggested he may not fully understand the issue at hand, Rohrabacher reportedly responded, "No, I do understand."
The more the realtors tried to steer him away from endorsing discrimination, the more the Republican lawmaker rejected their appeals.
The National Association of Realtors, which had backed Rohrabacher's re-election, soon after announced it had withdrawn its support.