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‘Democrats Just Lost the Senate,’ One Media Outlet Declares

Politico published, “Why the Democrats Just Lost the Senate,” Thursday morning. Find out why.

By NTK Staff | 05.10.2018 @9:00am
‘Democrats Just Lost the Senate,’ One Media Outlet Declares

Democrats have been and continue to be bullish about their chances of returning the House gavel to Nancy Pelosi, the current House minority leader.

But the Senate is a different animal altogether. In order to win the majority, Democrats would need to retain all of their Democrat-held seats and win two Republican-held seats. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong.

Ten Democrats up for reelection in 2018 represent states won by Donald Trump in 2016. FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver posits, “[I]t may be the worst Senate map that any party has faced ever, or at least since direct election of senators began in 1913.”

The Politico piece goes deeper:

The Democrats must also protect incumbents in 10 states that Trump won in 2016. Five of those senators (Indiana’s Joe Donnelly; Missouri’s Claire McCaskill; Montana’s Jon Tester; North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp; and Manchin) represent states where Hillary Clinton failed to muster even 40 percent of the vote.

The Democratic brand is no asset in many of these places. Equally important, the president known for his historically weak approval ratings at the national level remains popular locally in states like Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

And while countless other factors are at play, perhaps the most impactful factor is Trump himself. Not willing to sit idly by and let the GOP majority fizzle away, the president plans to take an active role in the 2018 midterms:

But there are crucial differences this year. Perhaps the biggest is that Trump has signaled his intent to leverage his popularity against Democratic Senate incumbents in the states where his approval ratings are strongest. His presidential travel schedule has closely overlapped the roster of states he carried in 2016. Trump could decide to try to zero in on Tester or another red-state Democrat with a disparaging nickname and a barrage of October tweets.

Liberals’ best hope for winning in November was the GOP self-destructing by nominating someone like Don Blankenship in West Virginia. But as primary season heats up, Democrats hopes of retaking the Senate appear to be evaporating.

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