Ahead of midterms GOP incumbents on defense over 2017 tax vote in high-tax states

“The SALT cap was a "dirty compromise" last year for Republicans in an effort to diminish the deficit during their "once-in-a-generation opportunity for major tax reform," Graeme Boushey, associate professor of political science at University of California at Irvine, told CBS News.

Boushey said this was a "very hard vote" for congressional members in wealthy districts, like Rep. Mimi Walters, R-California, who felt pressure to support this GOP promise.

Democrat Katie Porter, who is challenging Walters to represent the wealthy suburban district, tries to squeeze the congresswoman for voting along with her party.

Porter told CNBC in a September digital debate, "...other Republicans in Orange County in Congress...all voted "no" on Trump's tax plan because they knew it punished California families and would create a financial shock at people's pocketbooks in 2019." 

From CBS News, 10/16/18

Top GOP funding group snubs incumbents Rohrabacher and Walters 3 weeks before midterm election

“In a worrisome sign for two endangered Orange County lawmakers, a major Republican Party funding group has passed over the pair in its opening round of broadcast television advertising across Southern California.

The omission of Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee closely aligned with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), comes at a crucial inflection point in the midterm election when the two parties begin assessing their likely winners and losers.”

From The Los Angeles Times, 10/12/18

For U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters, the end of the race could be the end of the road

“Nearly three-quarters of the voters in Walter’s district say the November vote is more important to them than previous congressional elections and 52 percent strongly disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president. Of those who back Trump’s performance, 30 percent believe it’s very important that their vote for Congress reflects their support for the president. By contrast, 49 percent of those unhappy with Trump say they very much want intend to show their opposition with their vote on Nov. 6.”

From the San Francisco Chronicle, 10/12/18