Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley‘s fundraiser Wednesday in St. Louis will be the first time President Trump has hit the road to raise money for a Senate candidate.
His only other trip was a September rally with then-Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama. But with Republicans challenging 10 well-funded Democratic incumbents in states Trump carried, plus defending seats in Arizona and Nevada, among others, party strategists can only hope it is the start of more to come.
Another positive sign for Republicans counting on the administration’s engagement in midterm Senate races is Vice President Mike Pence’s busy campaign trail calendar. He criticized Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown during a speech in Cleveland on Friday and has been active in Indiana, West Virginia, and Nevada, where he is headlining a fundraiser for Sen. Dean Heller on April 13.
While the unpopular president is a big reason why control of Congress is in play, he should be able to rally his supporters in states he won to help close the enthusiasm gap and will be counted on to help Senate challengers keep up with strong Democratic fundraising across the country.
— Kyle Trygstad