Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Trump's national attention turns to state races

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Ginger Lawrence | 06 November, 2018, 08:57

Another compared Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Better to focus on culture-war voters who might be more willing to turn out after an emotional appeal.

A House of Representatives controlled by the Democrats would give President Trump two years of headaches and plenty of political theatre.

The president's closing argument to voters was on stark display Sunday as he seeks to motivate complacent Republican voters to the polls by stoking fears about the prospects of Democratic control.

Democratic candidates, meanwhile, have tended to avoid directly confronting the president, focusing instead on so-called "kitchen table" issues, such as healthcare and economic inequality. That was by design.

OneNewsNow is working alongside its sister organization, American Family Radio, to provide live election night coverage from Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, and Fred Jackson, news director of American Family News, as well as other familiar AFA voices. Democrats would be left with hard questions about a path forward. That doesn't mean they will go too far, but there's a clear tension.

Ahead of the election, in a packed airport hangar in Cleveland and at other Trump rallies across the nation, the stakes are different: a vote to protect a leader they see as under siege, whose inflammatory rhetoric is a necessary price for a norm-shattering era of change.

"It's a sign of their weakness".

"The biggest worry for the White House in terms of re-election is making sure they have a Republican governor in Florida and OH because it just makes organizing those states all the easier", he said.

But numerous key Senate battlegrounds are conservative states, like Missouri and Montana, where Trump excelled in 2016 and remains popular. "We're not used to friendly crowds", Sanders said, before tailoring her message to a specific demographic.

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"We're putting America first". Emblematic of the thinly-disguised racist tropes he often resorts to, Trump told his supporters in Florida this week that the election is about "safety" that Democrats are aiming to destroy (in the state where he has property) and "when people are camping on your front lawn - remember (Andrew) Gillum", the Democrat in the running for the state's governorship. "Americans will either want to put a check on Mr Trump or they won't", tweeted Dr Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Centre for Politics.

Asked about the ad on Monday, Mr Trump told a journalist: "A lot of things are offensive". It is just as probable that Trump is campaigning so much for Senate candidates because he and the people around him recognize he is much better as a base motivator than a swing-voter victor. "Candidates have been remarkably disciplined about not being distracted by shiny objects". He is backed by labor unions, gay-rights organizations and environmental advocacy groups.

Even with the USA economy largely humming along, and Republican candidates desperate for Trump to highlight the gains, the president himself often prefers to rile up a crowd over immigration.

In that scenario, we'd be talking about the vast majority of those 30 toss-ups going to the Democrats, along with potentially some upsets in districts Republicans are expected to hold.

Nevertheless, electoral projections support the restrained approach.

Trump is not on the ballot in the midterms, in which the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate are up for grabs.

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Laying into the tangled legal scandals enveloping the Trump administration - especially the possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives - Obama scoffed, "They've racked up enough indictments to fill a football team". This year, according to the Campaign Finance Institute, the average Democrat has seven times more money than the average Republican. He estimated turnout would reach 45 percent; that would be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years. Those voters have increasingly fled Trump's Republican Party, turned off by his chaotic leadership style and xenophobic rhetoric.