Trump may have lost the GOP both the White House and the SenatePosted by Annie May / June 7, 2020
Republicans know that to maintain the Senate they need to appeal to college grads and women in the suburbs. But Trump is only focusing on his base, causing extreme anxiety that the GOP will lose the Senate in 2020. And, as a recent article from the Atlantic argues, we’re witnessing the end of the Trump regime.
Trump’s approval rating is slipping among Christians, which used to be among his most solid blocs. The New York Times reveals that evangelicals are abandoning him at a slow trickle, while a PRRI and SSRS poll reveals that support among Catholics has plummeted a whopping 23%.
Polls in key states show that older voters, one of Trump’s key blocs, are switching their allegiance to Joe Biden. Recent polls have also shown the majority of voters in key swing states disapprove of Trump’s COVID response. Those states, Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, are key swing states and recent polls have also indicated that Biden is more popular among voters.
Former President George W. Bush, for example, released a statement that contrasts starkly with Trump’s response. Mike Mullen, Trump’s former Chief of Staff, has also condemned Trump in an Atlantic Op-Ed. Alaska’s Republican Senator agreed with Mattis and admitted she may not vote for Trump in 2020.
Republican insiders have been vocalizing concerns about losing the Senate in 2020 for months. With a handful of states vulnerable, including Maine and North Caroline, the Senate could swing blue. They’re right to worry. President Trump’s approval rating has fallen one percent from April, while his disapproval rating has risen two percent to 51%. Approval ratings for Trump’s handling of COVID is worse. Only 42% of Americans approve of his performance, down from 50% in March. 51% of Americans say he’s doing a bad job, up from 45% in March.
Two noteworthy Republicans have are turning their backs on Donald Trump. Mike DeWine, Ohio’s governor, broke with Trump early in the COVID crisis by moving to lockdown early. His decisiveness has paid off, and he is likely to win reelection as a result.