Trump could lose one of his most loyal acolytes in Congress, Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), if the latest poll of the district is correct.
In a new New York Times/Siena College poll, Walters trails Democrat Katie Porter by 2 points, with 48 percent of voters wanting to send Porter to Congress compared to only 46 percent who back Walters. It is the third nonpartisan poll in a row to show Porter with a lead.
Walters represents an Orange County district that supported Hillary Clinton in 2016. Disdain for Trump is evident, as only 45 percent of voters approve of his job performance, according to the same poll.
Walters, showing she is out of touch with those in her district, is one of Trump’s biggest supporters, backing the Trump agenda a full 99 percent of the time.
Health care is consistently mentioned as a top concern in the upcoming election, which may be one reason Walters is not faring well.
Walters is adamantly opposed to the Affordable Care Act, the law which enshrined protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. When it came to her votes in Congress, Walters sided with Trump and against the health care interests of her most vulnerable constituents.
Walters backed the Republican health care bill, which would have allowed insurers to “charge people significantly more if they had a pre-existing condition like heart disease, cancer, diabetes or arthritis — possibly requiring people to pay thousands of dollars extra every year to remain insured.”
If the bill Walters backed had become law (it was defeated in the Senate), 23 million people would have lost access to health insurance, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Millions of families in California were endangered because Walters decided to side with Trump over them.
In addition to attempts at taking away health care from families, Walters also voted for the unpopular Republican tax bill, which will raise taxes on thousands of households in California’s 45th Congressional District. Homeowners can expect to pay higher federal taxes, to the tune of thousands of dollars, because of the votes of Walters and other Republicans in Congress.
The tax bill was so unpopular and skewed toward the wealthy that a group of nuns recently showed up at Walters’ Irvine office to hold a rally decrying her vote on it.
Election experts rate the race between Porter and Walters either a toss-up or they give a slight edge to Porter.
Given her voting record, it is easy to see why Mimi Walters is faltering.