Donald Trump's fingerprints are all over the midterms

As daar ooit enige twyfel was, voormalige president Donald Trump gaan die middelpunt van die middeltermynverkiesing wees.

Die verwikkelinge van die afgelope paar weke het dit duideliker as ooit gemaak. The FBI’s execution of a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate roughly 90 days out from the November elections has blotted out the sun this weekand likely will for the foreseeable future — met Republikeine circling the wagons around the former President in a way they haven’t since the last election.
    Op Vrydag, a judge unsealed the search warrant and related documents, which revealed that the FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents from Trump’s Florida home.
      Trump’s sway within the GOP was once again put to the test as the primary season picked back up this month. He saw widespread success over the last two weeks, with his endorsed candidates winning major Republican primaries in the key battleground states of Arizona, Michigan en Wisconsin.
        And this year’s primaries have underscored the degree to which the GOP has embraced Trump’s pet cause: false claims of election fraud. CNN’s Daniel Dale reported that ten minste 20 Republican gubernatorial nominees en ten minste 10 secretary of state nominees have questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 verkiesing.
        Democrats would welcome a larger role for Trump with open arms. Midterm elections are usually a referendum on the party in power, especially in a president’s first term. Even as Democrats have seen some recent glimmers of hope, they continue to confront President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings and poor economic conditions. Shifting attention to a still-unpopular former President of the opposing party would help Democrats create a starker contrast for voters.
          For Republicans, focusing on the FBI search and having Trump-endorsed candidates on the ballot this fall could serve to energize their base. But they would still rather keep the spotlight on Biden and the economy to avoid alienating swing voters as they seek to take control of the House and Senate. And if Trump were to launch a 2024 presidential campaign before the midterms, as he has reportedly considered, that would make the GOP’s task all the more difficult.
          A fresh national Fox News -peiling sheds further light on how Trump is weighing on voters’ gedagtes: 37% said one reason for their vote for Congress would be to express opposition to Trump, terwyl 27% said it would be to express support and another 35% said he wouldn’t be a factor. En 47% of voters said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by Trump, terwyl 32% said they would be more likely and 20% said it would make no difference.
            Those numbers were similar for Biden, suggesting he and Trump are roughly an equal drag on their parties at the moment. Whether voters are more concerned with the current or former president come November will be a major factor in the outcome.
            Die punt: Trump has already been more involved in a midterm election than any other former president in recent memory. The last few weeks suggest that is unlikely to change any time soonwhich comes at great risk for the Republicans.

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