On Monday, NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Carrie Dann penned a grim assessment of President Donald Trump’s political position with respect to the suburbs — and what it means for his re-election prospects.
As they noted, Trump has polled underwater with suburban voters in five of the last six NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls taken this year, with the most recent in July putting him at -3 with this voting bloc.
To put that in perspective, they added, exit polls showed Democrats and Republicans tied in the suburbs in 2018 — in which Republicans suffered their biggest single-cycle wipeout of House seats since 1974.
“And what do Arizona, Georgia and Texas have in common?” they wrote. “They have lots of suburban voters — either outside one major metropolitan area (in the cases of Arizona and Georgia), or outside multiple major cities (regarding Texas).”
Trump’s path to re-election is extremely narrow without Arizona, and virtually shut off altogether without Georgia or Texas. In particular, Trump could not win without Texas even if he carried every single other state he won in 2016. And in 2018, part of why the Texas Senate race was so close is that Democrats carried a number of suburban counties that usually go for Republicans, like Tarrant County outside Dallas and Hays and Williamson Counties outside of Austin.
“The question Democratic primary voters need to ponder: Which of their 20-some candidates is best able to win these suburbs?” concluded Todd, Murray, and Dann.
He’s trying ‘to get under Trump’s skin’: Reporter Olivia Nuzzi outlines Joe Walsh’s impact on 2020
Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton explained during an MSNBC panel discussion that former Rep. Joe Walsh isn't likely to peel away many voters from Trump as someone who is "Trump-light." New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi, however, thinks Walsh with have a more significant impact, whether or not he can win the primary race.
During a CNN panel discussion, Nuzzi similarly noted that Walsh's primary purpose could be to troll the president.
Iowa’s Steve King facing ouster because his campaign is broke and his allies have fled: report
Iowa Republican Steve King is facing losing his seat representing his district in the U.S. House of Representatives as his campaign finds itself broke and the Republican Party has turned its back on him after his latest round of controversial comments.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, his campaign is struggling to bring donors -- who once wholeheartedly supported him --back into the fold.
Even worse, his colleagues in Congress have also abandoned him.
Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’
President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.
Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.
Here is some of what people were saying:
Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo
— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019