President Donald Trump approaches political rallies like a standup comic workshopping material in a basement comedy club.
Other Democratic-leaning GOP districts may be harder for Democrats to pick up because they are now held by moderate Republicans who tend to vote with Democrats on most, but not all, major issues.
Trump used one of his signature rallies in northern in to paint a rosy picture of his presidency, pointing to low unemployment, "booming" job growth and optimism under his watch.
Two years ago, Ohio Republicans spun the number of crossover voters - those who previously voted a Democratic primary ballot - as new Republicans. Tonight, those seats are expected to be filled with mostly faithful Trump followers. There will also be Democrat races for circuit court clerk, 4th District constable and a Democrat race for U.S. Representative in the 1st Congressional District.
Ward, a Wichita Democrat, had raised less than $100,000 at year's end in 2017 - far less than Sen. Joe Donnelly, who faces Republican businessman Mike Braun in what is expected to be one of the nation's most competitive Senate races. The day before, he said he backs Mr. Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement as long as the president pursues "a better deal". "I tell everyone I hated it", Trump said in December 2016 to a crowd of supporters in Des Moines, Iowa.
Manchin said Wednesday he would vote for Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, despite widespread opposition among Democrats.
He repeated his campaign promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico, saying that work has already begun, despite objections from Democrats. While opinions differ on whether voter turnout ultimately sank the Clinton campaign, these figures still send a clear message that Americans will not turn out to vote for an unpopular candidate, even when the alternative is even less-popular. In fact, the Democratic Party's favorability rating has gone down since Trump became president, as Americans have generally grown more exhausted of partisan politics. Lewisville residents will also cast their vote in the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Republican race between James Kerbow and William Lawrence. "I'm a businessman and an outsider, just like our president", Braun said to cheers.
The generic congressional ballot has continued to tighten, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with the Democrats' edge over Republicans within the poll's margin of sampling error for the first time this cycle. In the Senate, the GOP now commands a veto-proof majority: 34 of the 50 seats are held by Republicans. And about 6 in 10 (58%) continue to say the investigation is a serious matter that should be fully investigated, while 38% say that it's more an effort to discredit Trump's presidency. "I know that with your help", she said, "what we can do is once again shock the nation like we did in 2016". "The great news keeps rolling in". "The president is excited to return to South Bend to tout the benefits that his historic tax cuts are providing Hoosier families throughout IN, and to remind them what an important role they'll play IN expanding our GOP majority IN the Senate IN the mid-term elections this fall".
Trump and references to him appeared in ads and campaign literature, and candidates sought his endorsement.
He spoke last week to the National Rifle Association in Dallas.
Many at the convention had hoped to improve the party's electoral chances by uniting behind one of the two leading GOP gubernatorial candidates, John Cox and Travis Allen. Dedicated Democrats could, however, ask for a Republican ballot as Sandy Hausman reports.