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A Vote for Trump

The GOP wants some voters to equate a vote for a congressional Republican with support for the president.

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
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Kyle Trygstad
Oct. 10, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

President Trump is on a whirlwind tour of midterm battlegrounds to increase enthusiasm among the Republican base.

Trump’s message is geared directly at the 2016 voters who turned out for him but maybe aren’t as excited to support a GOP candidate who inherently lacks the president’s star power and bold rhetoric. There is only one Donald Trump, but Republicans hope voters recognize he needs support in Congress.

“A vote for David is a vote for me,” Trump said of Rep. David Young (R-IA 03) on Tuesday in Council Bluffs. “A vote for Steve is a vote for me,” he said of KS-02 nominee Steve Watkins on Saturday in Topeka. “A vote for Morrisey is a vote for me,” he said of Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey late last month in Wheeling, WV.

That line won’t be helpful in the suburbs of D.C. or Chicago. It could be persuasive enough to mobilize Trump supporters in districts that include both suburban and rural areas, and help balance out a loss of support among independents and women.

-- Kyle Trygstad

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