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WASHINGTON – At a time when politics seems more prolonged than ever, a handful of candidates in difficult tribes are trying to find the best possible to become members in addition to their own party.

In a recent debate, British Republican Brian Fitzpatrick told his Democratic rival to stop calling him a Republican.

"I hear you throw out the word" Republican ", try to keep the party labels out of the conversation," said Fitzpatrick.

Democrats in the House have been strengthened by unprecedented levels of enthusiasm and their candidates have put more than 70 seats in the game before Election Day.

The Republicans who face suddenly competitive races have moved to the center, trying to distance themselves from President Donald Trump and some of his most controversial policies while playing their billionaire's work. Meanwhile, Democrats who suddenly compete in red and purple areas escape from the edge of their party's left and are committed to working across the corridor.

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"It seems Brian Fitzpatrick does not want to be named Republican" an ad by Fitzpatrick's opponent Says Scott Wallace. "But Fitzpatrick votes with Trump 84 per cent of the time, like all other Republicans."

It is true that Fitzpatrick voted with the president 84 per cent of the time, according to the American website FiveThirtyEight. However, Fitzpatrick has also been a critical critic of the president and often deals with the bipartite 'Problem Solving Group' in this House.

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"Brian believes that constantly referring to the party labels of citizens, Democrats or Republicans is exactly what separates our country," said Fitzpatrick spokesman Genevieve Malandra.

"We have seen a trend in identifying the party, where more people call themselves independent … However, what they call themselves, now that you press them, still vote Democrats and Democrats, just do not want to call themselves" "said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute Institute. "It's just like those candidates who are Republicans and Republicans, just do not want to use the word to describe themselves."

GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder, Kansas, suggested in an interview with The Kansas City Star that Trump would have better control than Democratic rival Sharice Davids whose White House scholarship under President Barack Obama was extended to Trump's first year of presidency.

Davids dismissed the attack as ridiculous, according to The Kansas City Star. While Yoder is opposed to some of his president's policies, Trump has approved him and has voted 92% of the time with the president, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Not alone, in a handful of fights across the country where the president is not popular, the Republicans have promised to return when needed.

"I often hear," Will you be staying with President Trump? "The answer is yes," Democratic Senate candidate Bob Hugin says at the start of a new ad. Hugin runs in a surprisingly competitive race in New Jersey. The ad does not mention Hugin's role as New Jersey's top fundraiser for the Trump's 2016 campaign.

The number of Americans who are not identified as Republican or Democratic is rising. Over the past nearly 30 years, Gallup has watched which parties identify with the voter and found that the total number of people who consider themselves independent increased by almost 10 percentage points, from one-third of the electorate in 1989 to 42% last year .

"It is no longer fashionable to talk about your party's obedience unless you run into a capital city or your region is very wide," said David Wasserman, the House breed publisher for non-Cookie Policy. "Republicans know that their brand is suffering immediately".

But Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of grass-roots Groups Tea Party Patriots, expressed skepticism about the strategy.

"As for the Republicans who say it will be a trump for Trump, one thing that I think is very difficult for some Republicans to understand is that you can not be a liberal liberal," Martin said. "If you are looking for control over the president, I will imagine we will vote for Democrats and not Republicans," he added.

Identifying as a Republican is likely to point you to the Trump, but Democrats in red or purple are not willing to remind voters of their party membership.

"Because democratic media opportunities extend to more traditional Republican regions, there is no real added value to using the limited time you have" to remind people of your party, David de la Fuente, political analyst at the center left think tank Third Way said in the US TODAY.

De la Fuente noted that Trump and Republicans are seeking to paint Democrats outside the mainstream, saying they are part of a "mob" of left-wing activists and this does not help in traditional GOPs.

Democrats held in tight House fights across the country have promised to work all over the corridor and have tried to distract some of their party's left wing policies. (Some examples of policy are removed, such as Medicare for All and Abolish ICE.) Dozens of them also said they would not vote for Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the minority family, as a speaker.

In fact, a candidate in the red-blue list of the Democratic Congressional Committee – a group of top executives who offer organizational support and support from the Democratic campaign – is not even registered as a Democrat. Alyse Galvin has been selected as a Democratic candidate for Alaska headquarters, but is independent.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, the map is in favor of the Republicans. There are 10 democrats for re-election in the Trump-winning states in 2016 and still popular, with only a few democratic seats even ranking as competitive. In these states, Democrats are trying to align with the president and understand their work with the Republicans. However, unlike the Republicans, Democrats do not necessarily reject their party, but seek to be portrayed as moderate.

Claire McCaskill, the Democrat trying to keep her headquarters in Missouri using a radio ad to tell voters that he is not "one of these mad Democrats." McCaskill voted with the Trump 45 percent of the time. Great push of the GOP: the attempt to abolish Obamacare, revise the tax code and confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court.

"If you want someone to be with the political party 100 percent of the time, I'm not that guy. I'm not about the party," Democratic senator Joe Donnelly said in a difficult reelection to Indiana, its open advertising. Donnelly voted with Trump 54 percent of the time. Like McCaskill, he has stuck with his party in the GOP's major priorities, such as health care and Kavanaugh's candidacy.

Of course, middle-class candidates run the risk of reducing enthusiasm among their party's main supporters.

Kevin Mack, Tom Steyer's chief executive for Impeach's Super PAC, said the Democrats "spend millions and millions and millions of dollars trying to convince everyone that they are anything but a democrat" in each cycle and does not work.

Mack and his team encourage all candidates, including those running in democratically-leaning and evenly divided states to support the Trump rebuke. It is a place that the democratic leadership tried to avoid fearing it would turn off independent and moderate voters.

"The base does not end and lose," Mack said.

Contributing to: Herm Jackson and Nicole Gaudian

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