"While conventional wisdom holds that Donald Trump will be a drag on Republican chances of maintaining control of the House, those vying to expand the party’s majority in the Senate are embracing the president as a unique asset in the upcoming campaigns."
"Party operatives see the president's penchant for coining catchy—and pejorative—nicknames, along with his made-for-television campaign rallies, as particularly helpful through the long primary process, helping to define the opposition while Republicans pick their nominees."
Republicans are "counting on the president to spotlight the incumbents’ votes, particularly on the tax reform bill. Strategists point to Vice President Mike Pence's trip to West Virginia last week as an example of what is to come from the top."
Still, "while Republicans see Trump as an effective messenger and mobilizer, he is also notoriously prone to veering off message." (RealClearPolitics)
MONEY MATTERS. Vice President Mike Pence's leadership PAC, Great America Committee, donated to Sens. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE),
Dean Heller (R-NV), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). (Politico)