House Democrats are panicking that a Bernie Sanders nomination could hand President Trump unified control of Washington next year.

Democrats took the House in the 2018 midterms by sweeping through suburban districts, buoyed by a huge swing their way from college-educated white women and upscale, fiscally moderate voters appalled by Trump. Those voters don’t like the Vermont senator and self-described democratic socialist nearly as much as they like most of the rest of the Democratic field. And it’s the Democrats in those districts who are freaking out right now that Sanders has emerged as the clear front-runner to be their party’s presidential nominee, based on his strong showing in the early primary states and expectations heading into Saturday’s South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday next week.

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“Sanders as the Democratic nominee would create a problem for a lot of the moderate districts,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), who flipped a historically Republican seat in suburban Orlando in 2016. “Upscale, college-educated districts do not support socialism.”

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