RNC: Trump Has Made His Supporters GOP Supporters

A Trump rally in Topeka, Kan., October 6, 2018. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

The Republican National Committee says it is optimistic President Trump has convinced his supporters to vote Republican down the ballot for the midterms.

“What we’ve seen in these states where Donald Trump has won rallies, he’s turning out his supporters, and those supporters now become GOP supporters. We’re seeing it,” RNC spokeswoman Cassie Smedile said Tuesday.

Smedile contrasted Republican excitement for this year’s midterms with Democratic ennui in years past.

“Remember when Barack Obama was president, everybody would come out to vote in 2012 and 2008, but when it came to the midterms, they stayed home because they were Barack Obama supporters,” she continued. “Donald Trump is saying, ‘Not so. If you like me, and like my agenda, we’ve got to have good Republican majorities in Congress to push that through.'”

Republicans are projected to lose the House Tuesday night but preserve their razor-thin Senate majority. Democrats must flip 23 House seats and two Senate seats to retake Congress.

Final polls showed Democrats with an 86 percent chance of regaining control of the House and Republicans with an 82 percent chance of keeping the Senate, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Trump has hit the campaign trail for many Senate and House Republicans, holding rallies in Minnesota, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida in the cycle’s home stretch. He stumped heavily for the campaigns of several candidates locked in tight races, such as Florida’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, Ron DeSantis, and Texas senator Ted Cruz.

“It could happen, it could happen,” Trump said of a Democratic victory. “We’re doing very well, and we’re doing really well in the Senate. But, could happen. You know what I say? Don’t worry about it, I’ll just figure it out.”

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Problem with Certainty

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including those of you having this read to you while you white-knuckle the steering wheel trying to get to wherever you’re going for the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Worst Cover-Up of All Time

President Donald Trump may be guilty of many things, but a cover-up in the Mueller probe isn’t one of them. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, attempting to appease forces in the Democratic party eager for impeachment, is accusing him of one, with all the familiar Watergate connotations. The charge is strange, ... Read More

Theresa May: A Political Obituary

On Friday, Theresa May, perhaps the worst Conservative prime minister in recent history, announced her resignation outside of number 10 Downing Street. She will step down effective June 7. “I have done my best,” she insisted. “I have done everything I can. . . . I believe it was right to persevere even ... Read More
PC Culture

TV Before PC

Affixing one’s glance to the rear-view mirror is usually as ill-advised as staring at one’s own reflection. Still, what a delight it was on Wednesday to see a fresh rendition of “Those Were the Days,” from All in the Family, a show I haven’t watched for nearly 40 years. This time it was Woody Harrelson ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Democrats’ Other Class War

There is a class war going on inside the Democratic party. Consider these two cris de couer: Writing in the New York Times under the headline “America’s Cities Are Unlivable — Blame Wealthy Liberals,” Farhad Manjoo argues that rich progressives have, through their political domination of cities such as ... Read More

The Deepfake of Nancy Pelosi

You’ve almost made it to a three-day weekend! Making the click-through worthwhile: A quick note about how National Review needs your help, concerns about “deepfakes” of Nancy Pelosi, one of the most cringe-inducing radio interviews of all time, some news about where to find me and the book in the near ... Read More
White House

For Democrats, the Party’s Over

If the Democrats are really tempted by impeachment, bring it on. Since the day after the 2016 election they have been threatening this, placing their chips on the Russian-collusion fantasy and then on the phantasmagoric charade of obstruction of justice. The attorney general accurately gave the ingredients of the ... Read More

America’s Best Defense Against Socialism

The United States of America has flummoxed socialists since the nineteenth century. Marx himself couldn’t quite understand why the most advanced economy in the world stubbornly refused to transition to socialism. Marxist theory predicts the immiseration of the proletariat and subsequent revolution from below. ... Read More