Saturday, May 26, 2018
President Trump’s decision to cancel his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (for now) isn’t just a blow to a major policy goal of Trump’s (stopping North Korea’s nuclear program) or the president’s ego (his supporters were talking about Trump winning a Nobel Peace Prize). It could have a clear political downside too.
Can Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia, win in November?
Imagine this scenario: In November’s elections for the U.S. House, Democrats win the national House vote by a few percentage points and gain nearly 20 additional House seats, by both winning open seats and defeating some longtime GOP incumbents. In the Senate, Democrats pick up Nevada; win races in states President Trump carried in 2016, including in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and West Virginia; and only narrowly lose in the GOP strongholds of Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee.
If all the chips fall Democrats’ way in November and beyond, Tuesday could be remembered as the day that launched some prominent political careers.
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