“Over dinner with the president and other Republican congressional leaders this month,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “phrased his advice for the president in the form of a reminder: … Trump should never forget his central role in the 2018 campaign, ... McConnell said, explaining that Republicans’ prospects are linked to what he says and does and underscoring that their one-seat advantage in the Senate was in jeopardy.” (New York Times)
PARTY-SWITCHERS. “In next month’s pivotal Senate primaries in Indiana and West Virginia, the two leading Republican candidates, former state Rep. Mike Braun (R) and Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-03) respectively, “have an unusual characteristic on their resumes: They both have past affiliations with the Democratic Party.” Despite “being attacked for being liberals-in-disguise by their primary rivals, their past partisan apostasy hasn’t diminished their political prospects.”
“If Braun and Jenkins win their respective nominations, they’ll be joined by newly appointed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) in Mississippi as leading GOP Senate candidates who until recently were dependable Democrats.” (National Journal)
A CLOSER LOOK. “Behind just about every divisive Senate Republican primary this year, an amiable Midwestern businessman,” Richard Uihlein, “is bankrolling the candidate who claims to be the most hard-charging, anti-establishment conservative in the race.
“He has helped buoy some establishment-favored figures seen as more electable in general elections, such as Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is seeking to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D). But he is also scrambling the political order in unpredictable ways, as when he favored Kevin Nicholson in Wisconsin, a Republican aiming to take on Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) this fall.” (Washington Post)