Magazine October 24, 2016, Issue

The Contest for the Senate

Polling suggests that Trump has been a drag on the ticket

In mid August, it looked like Donald Trump was dragging the Republican Senate down to defeat with him. Following the parties’ conventions Trump had gotten in an extended and angry argument with the family of a slain soldier. Polls showed him down by an average of nearly eight points. Democrats raised their sights from winning a Senate majority to winning one large enough to withstand defeats in 2018. Republicans began to worry that their control of the House could be in danger too.

But Trump recovered, drawing nearly even with Hillary Clinton by mid September. Republicans aren’t worrying about the House

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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