Democrats fear Trump has killed off their hopes of a blue wave as they say chance of flipping the Senate is all but gone and House majority is in the balance…(Gonna Need Some Bombs For That!!)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

Democrats had hoped for a blue wave to sweep away the Republicans in the House and even flip the Senate
Now operatives in both parties say the chance to get the upper house is essentially gone after a surge in Trump’s personal popularity
‘It’s still much closer than people think, with a surprise or two in the wings,’ New York’s Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, says
House majority is expected to come down to just a handful of seats rather than a landslide
Republicans are boosted by bump in President Donald Trump’s popularity, Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and immigrant caravan

24 October 2018

In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It’s whether there will be a wave at all.

Top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats’ narrow path to the Senate majority has essentially disappeared, a casualty of surging Republican enthusiasm across GOP strongholds. At the same time, leading Democrats now fear the battle for the House majority will be decided by just a handful of seats.

‘It’s always been an inside straight, and it still is,’ Democratic pollster Paul Maslin said of Democrats’ outlook in the Senate, where they need to pick up two seats while holding on to several others in Republican-leaning states to seize the majority. ‘If it had been a different year, with a different map, we might have had a terrific sweep. That would be a long shot.’

While the trend may be troubling for Democrats, the evolving political landscape remains unsettled two weeks before Election Day, even with millions of votes already cast across 20 states.

There are signs that the Democrats’ position in the expanding House battlefield may actually be improving.

Yet Republican candidates locked in tight races from New York to Nevada find themselves in stronger-than-expected positions because of a bump in President Donald Trump’s popularity, the aftermath of a divisive Supreme Court fight and the sudden focus on a caravan of Latin American migrants making an arduous trek toward the U.S. border.

Democrats say they never assumed it would be easy.

‘It’s still much closer than people think, with a surprise or two in the wings,’ New York’s Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, told The Associated Press.

The midterm elections will decide whether Republicans maintain control of Congress for the final two years of Trump’s first term.

Even if Democrats lose the Senate and win the House, they could block much of Trump’s agenda and use subpoena power to investigate his many scandals.

Some in the party’s far-left wing have also vowed to impeach the president, while others promise to roll back the Republican tax overhaul and expand health care coverage for all Americans.

Democrats have enjoyed an overwhelming enthusiasm advantage for much of the Trump era. They hope an explosion of early voting across states like Florida, Texas and Nevada is further proof of their enthusiasm gap.

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