Friday, August 19, 2016

Daily Trumpeter: fears of losing Senate and more

Fears of a falling tide lowering all boats. That's the way the NY Times headlined the story. Republicans are getting seriously worried about Trump taking down Senate and House races.

Donald J. Trump’s struggling candidacy has now become a direct threat to Republican control of Congress, significantly increasing the likelihood that Democrats will take control of the Senate and cut substantially into the House Republican majority next year.

Mr. Trump’s string of inflammatory statements in the weeks since his nominating convention last month has sent him tumbling in nearly every state with a contested Senate race, raising Republican fears that their own demoralized voters will not show up to vote, independents will abandon the entire Republican ticket and energized Democrats will flock to the polls.

While Republicans anticipate that their down-ballot candidates will be able to outpace Mr. Trump’s share of the vote, national and local party officials and strategists are increasingly concerned that he is in danger of being so soundly defeated that even their best-prepared candidates will not be able to withstand the backlash to the top of the ticket.

“People are getting pretty nervous about our candidates because he’s in a death spiral here and nobody knows where the bottom is at,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is close to many of his colleagues facing re-election.

Mr. Trump’s move this week to overhaul his campaign by hiring the head of a conservative website known for its incendiary writings on race and ethnic identity only heightened Republican concerns about Mr. Trump’s impact on moderate voters. If he devotes the rest of his campaign to a platform of hard-edge nationalism, strategists said, it could further turn off the suburban centrists Senate Republicans need in their column.

Check out the Times' story for details about specific races at risk.

Trump press conference announcing his menagerie portrayed in the New Yorker's daily cartoon.

Clinton releases new ad onTrump's AWOL tax returns. Clinton going on air with favorite new attack: Trump's tax returns, CNN reports. Quoting: The new ad -- which will air as part of the national cable ad buy -- features Republican commentator George Will and 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who both oppose Trump, positing why he isn't releasing his tax returns. Will says it is "perhaps one more reason why we're not seeing his tax returns is because he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs." Romney says: "Either he's not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is (or) there's a bombshell in Donald Trump's taxes."

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