Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

Trumpism without Trump

Representative Kevin Cramer (R, N.D.) and his family cheer after the Republican party endorsed him for the U.S. Senate race against Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp (D, N.D.) at the 2018 North Dakota Republican Party Convention in Grand Forks, N.D., April 7, 2018. (Dan Koeck/Reuters )
The strategy behind two GOP Senate wins

Even as dozens of Democrats in suburban districts across the country swept into the House of Representatives, replacing Republican congressmen in this year’s midterms, GOP candidates managed to unseat vulnerable Democratic senators in four states Donald Trump won two years ago.

Longtime businessman Mike Braun in Indiana and GOP representative Kevin Cramer in North Dakota were two of those victorious Republican challengers, and their successful campaigns suggest that it is possible to capitalize on the most appealing aspects of Trump and his populist agenda without featuring the man himself on the ballot.

Since Trump’s entrance into politics, lawmakers and commentators — especially

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