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Claire McCaskill — all three dozen of them. Does everyone agree with that? McCaskill is one of the 10 so-called red-state Democrats: senators who are defending their seats this year in states won in by President Trump. Republicans began salivating nearly two years ago at the idea that Democrats had to compete in such hostile territory, confident that Trump supporters in these states would make all 10 of the races competitive.
But in the final days before the midterm election, only one appears all but certain to flip to the GOP: in North Dakota, where Sen. Kavanaugh, appeared to give the final boost to her challenger, Kevin Cramer. Democrats are extremely comfortable in four of the 10 races — Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — and polls are trending positive for them in West Virginia. Trump has made the caravan one of his top issues, ordering 5, troops to the border. Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is also tacking to the right as he fights to hang on in Indiana, and Sen. They make each decision individually and look at pros and cons.
Trump won the state by nearly 20 percentage points. The president is returning to neighboring Cape Girardeau to rally his supporters to back Hawley, the state attorney general and Republican Senate hopeful. Trump was in Columbia, Mo. The rally is one of several that Trump is holding in the final days before the midterm election in many of the most contested Senate races. Some, including Manchin and Donnelly, cozied up to Trump voters. Donnelly ran a television ad touting a GOP trifecta: support for the border wall, opposition to abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a quote from Republican President Reagan.
The Democrats who are considered safest today — including senators in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania — kept a sizable distance from Trump, although their states had smaller Trump margins than others. Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin has a double-digit lead over GOP challenger Leah Vukmir in a recent Marquette Law School poll, leading all demographic groups except white, non-college-educated men — a major Trump constituency that also supports Vukmir.
In Montana, Libertarian candidate Rick Breckenridge said Wednesday that he would exit the race, a move that may help bolster support behind Republican Matt Rosendale, who is trailing in the polls. Both major parties have put a ificant investment into advertising there, a they view it as competitive. Elsewhere, Democrats are trying to pick up a couple of GOP-held seats, though those opportunities are fewer.
In Arizona — which was an open seat after the retirement of Republican Sen. Jeff Flake — the race is still a toss-up, as is the one in Nevada, where Republican Sen. Dean Heller is trying to defend his seat in a state that Hillary Clinton won in The fact that half of the red-state Democrats seems to be safe and only one appears certain to lose is a setback for the GOP, which had expected to be doing much better.
Certainly not inwhen the electoral math flips strongly toward the other side as Republicans defend nearly twice as many incumbent seats as Democrats. McCaskill has outraised Hawley by a ratio, an imbalance that should be insurmountable. McCaskill and other red-state Democrats have leaned heavily on the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, noting that doing so would eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions. McCaskill has tried to focus her race on the issue, hoping to take advantage of the fact that Hawley led a GOP lawsuit to try to repeal the healthcare law.
Hawley has run on immigration and border security and is closing his race with accusations that McCaskill has been in office too long.
He frequently cited her 12 years in the Senate in their last debate. The latest from Washington ». Twitter: jenhab. Jennifer Haberkorn covers Congress in Washington, D. She has reported from Washington sincespending much of that time roaming the halls of the U. Before arriving at The Times, Haberkorn spent eight years at Politico writing about the healthcare law, a story that took her to Congress, the states, healthcare clinics and courtrooms around the country.
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McCaskill and other red-state Democratic senators court Trump supporters in bid to keep their seats