Trump's coattails no boon for GOP Senate candidates
August 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 10: U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) attends a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on June 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. The committee is examining the implementation of the CARES Act, which has handed out billions of dollars of government-backed forgivable loans to small-business owners that keep employees on their payroll. (Photo by Al-Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
The last time an incumbent president fought for reelection, his party faced a second challenge: holding its narrow Senate majority.
It won't be easy for President Donald Trump and Republicans this fall, and not merely because Trump faces a bigger deficit against Democratic rival Joe Biden than Obama ever faced against Mitt Romney in 2012.
Neither party pulled that off in 2016 when Trump and Hillary Clinton led the Republican and Democratic tickets.
The convergence of president and Senate voting was complete; Republican Senate candidates won only in Trump-carried states, Democratic Senate candidates only in Clinton-carried states.
The bleak national environment for the GOP has powered strong fundfraising by Democratic candidates, helping them heap fresh attacks on Republicans already weighed down by Trump's unpopularity.
Among Democrats and some independents, antipathy toward Trump transfers directly onto Republican Congressional candidates they believe would assist him in office.