The Trump curse is real…
Polls done in 10 states show very bad news for at least five Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2018, according to Axios.
In November, a total of 33 Senators are up for re-election. The good news for Republicans is that 23 of those are Democrats. The better news for Republicans is that 10 of those 23 Democrats hail from states won by President Trump in 2016.
Axios and Survey Monkey polled all ten of those states and found that at least five Democrats are in real trouble.
Montana: Sen. Jon Tester loses to his unnamed Republican challenger 42 percent to 55 percent.
Trump’s approval is higher than Democratic senators up for reelection in six of the states (Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio and West Virginia).
Trump’s approval is higher than his national approval rating in all 10 states.
Axios’ Alexi McCammond dives in …
Five Senate Democrats would lose to a Republican candidate if the election were held today and three have approval ratings under 50%, according to new Axios/SurveyMonkey polls.
Why it matters: Democrats are defending 10 Senate seats in states Trump won in 2016. In six of those states Trump’s approval is higher than 50% (compared to 43% nationally). These numbers underscore how hard it will be for Democrats to pick up the two seats needed to win the majority despite Trump’s troubles.
The three most vulnerable senators in the 10 states are Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Each of their approval ratings is under or around 50%, while Trump’s is well above that in all three states.
The least vulnerable senators in the 10 states are Democrats Bill Nelson of Florida, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Trump’s approval is at just 46% in Florida and Pennsylvania and 54% in Ohio.