(TNS) Donald Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to crack the ‘blue wall’ of Rust Belt states in decades to capture the White House in 2016, and by all measures, he appears set to repeat the victories there in spades.
According to a New York Times admission, while a combination of factors handed Democrats the House last year, not all of the news was bad.
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Recall that the GOP picked up a couple of Senate seats. Also, in off-year elections, the party in the White House tends to lose seats. And finally, some GOP support in the suburbs disappeared because many didn’t go to the polls. Why? Trump wasn’t on the ticket.
The Times notes, however, that many people who voted for Democrats for Congress but supported Trump in 2016 are going to do so again because the candidates running for the Garbage Party nomination are out of their mind socialists and Marxists.
What’s more, this impeachment business, along with the FISA abuses and all the other deep state attempts to ‘get Trump’ are not having a desired effect on at least two-thirds of Democrat voters who backed the president in 2016:
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Midterm victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin gave Democrats hope of retaking the Rust Belt battleground states that handed the presidency to Donald J. Trump in 2016.
Yet success in the midterms might not mean as much for Democratic presidential candidates as the party might think. Nearly two-thirds of voters in six battleground states who voted for President Trump in 2016 — but for Democratic congressional candidates in 2018 — say they intend to back the president against each of his top rivals…
Many of the voters who said they voted Democratic but now intended to vote for Mr. Trump offered explanations that reflect longstanding theories about why the party out of power tends to excel in midterms.
Michelle Bassaro, 61, is a Trump supporter, but in the midterm election, she voted for the Democrat in her district to balance the administration’s power. She said she had voted for Republicans when Democrats were in the White House for the same reason, consistent with research that shows that some people intentionally vote for divided government….
Many of the white working-class voters in the Rust Belt who supported the president in 2016 were traditionally Democratic voters who backed President Obama in 2012 and even continued to vote Democratic down-ballot in 2016. Democrats generally held on to these voters in 2018, but the reasons many of them voted for Mr. Trump, like his promises on immigration or the economy, could still be relevant.
Other voters say they are preparing to take an even greater leap: vote for Mr. Trump after supporting Democratic congressional candidates in 2018 and Mrs. Clinton in 2016.
In the survey, 7 percent of those who supported Mrs. Clinton in 2016 said they now approved of the president’s performance — despite his personality and his Twitter account, many said.
“In 2016, I hated both” candidates, said Juli Anna California, 57, a nurse from Coral Springs, Fla. “I went with Hillary because Trump had no history as a politician.”
Mr. Trump has convinced her, though — not with his character, but with his policies.
“He’s not exactly the person I’d have as my best friend,” said Ms. California, who currently lives in Los Angeles as a traveling nurse. “But he’s a great president.”
With growing support from Hillary voters and blacks, it looks like the Trump Train is headed for the station in 2020, regardless of who the Democrats eventually nominate.
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