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.
I asked people why they don’t vote — and this is what they told me
With the 2020 presidential election approaching, directives for people to “get out and vote” will be firing up again.
Trump defended Bernie Sanders and attacked newspapers during post-golf Twitter meltdown
Donald Trump appeared visibly agitated during his Florida vacation on Saturday as the United States Senate ramps up the impeachment trial of the president.
Trump spent Saturday at Trump International Golf Club, before returning to Mar-a-Lago.
"Trump is at his golf course in West Palm Beach again. It is his 76th day there. He has now spent 241 days on a golf course he owns in his 1,094 days in office," HuffPost's S.V. Dáte reported Saturday. "He is on his 27th trip to Mar-a-Lago, raising his taxpayer-paid golf tab to $127 million."
He ‘can’t understand why he is being impeached’: CNN reports Trump is asking ’why are they doing this to me?’
President Donald Trump is reportedly "distracted" by impeachment while vacationing at Mar-a-Lago as the United States Senate trial begins.
"A source close to the White House who speaks to Donald Trump regularly said the President has appeared 'distracted' by the impeachment trial that begins on Tuesday, telling people around him Friday night at Mar-a-Lago that he 'can't understand why he is impeached,'" CNN's Jim Acosta reported Saturday. "'Why are they doing this to me,' the source quoted Trump as saying repeatedly."