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Endangered Republicans face grim election day because Trump is ‘dragging them down’: CNN analyst

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According to an analysis by CNN’s Harry Enten, at least five embattled Republican senators may be out of a job following the November 3rd election because they can’t escape the shadow of Donald Trump who will be sitting at the top of the ticket.

Noting that Donald Trump is trailing in the national polls by ten points, Enten explained there was a correlation between states where Trump is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden and the prospects of GOP Senators in those states who are also running for re-election.

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Pointing out that Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate, keeping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in power, Enten wrote, “Assuming Republicans knock off Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (he’s trailing by double digits), Democrats will need to win four Republican-held seats to reach that net gain of three. They’re ahead in at least five races: Arizona (by 7 points), Colorado (by 9 points), Maine (by 5 points), Iowa (by 2 points) and North Carolina (by 3 points).”

“The fact that these Republican senators are being weighed down by Trump shouldn’t be a surprise. The correlation between Senate and presidential results has climbed much higher in recent years. The 2016 election was the first time since senators were popularly elected that every state voted for the same candidate for Senate and president,” he wrote before adding, “This year, the same thing may happen.”

Enten goes on to note that Republicans in the House — all of whom are on the 2020 ballot — are facing the same Trump problem.

“This year, Republicans’ chances at a House majority have been all but squashed because they’re doing poorly in what should be red territory. Take a gander at the about 20 seats where Trump and the House Republican carried in 2016, but where the Democratic candidate won in 2018. The Republicans aren’t clear favorites in any of these seats. Trump won in these districts by an average 6 points, but in an average of the forecasts from FiveThirtyEight and Jack Kersting, the House Democratic candidate is favored by 7 points in 2020,” Enten explained before adding, “The main problem for Republicans is Trump just doesn’t seem as popular as he once was.”

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‘Conjecture and musings’: Dem senator tears into Trump ‘election fraud’ witness at Michigan hearing

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Michigan state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D) blasted former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) at an election fraud hearing on Tuesday.

At a state Senate Oversight Committee hearing, Colbeck suggested that there was a plot to use voting machines to steal the election from President Donald Trump.

For his part, Irwin noted that Trump had not requested a recount in Michigan.

"If you were on the losing end, much like, say, President Trump or candidate John James, would you have requested a recount?" the Democratic lawmaker asked.

"I've doubts with the integrity of the recount process," Colbeck replied. "So, I probably would not have done that."

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Dem senator shames Steve Mnuchin to his face: ‘You’re leaving the country worse than you found it’

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CNN’s Ronald Brownstein compares GOP silence on Trump’s loss to Joe McCarthy’s enablers

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"In McCarthy's era, most of the GOP's leaders found excuses to avoid challenging conspiracy theories that they knew to be implausible, even as evidence of their costs to the nation steadily mounted," wrote Brownstein.

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