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ICYMI: Can No-Frills Senate Democrat Joe Donnelly Win in the Age of Trump?

Michael Joyce - August 10, 2018

The Daily Beast is out with a take on Donnelly’s chances of winning re-election. It’s worth the read, but if you don’t have time to read through the entire piece, here’s some of the highlights:

  •          In modern political times, the landscape Donnelly faces is daunting. He is running in a state that Trump won big in 2016 and at a time when politicians seem preternaturally inclined to be bombastic.
  •          It was only ten years ago that Hoosiers voted for Barack Obama during his first presidential run. But the state has moved rapidly toward the Republican party since then, and Trump won Indiana by nearly 20 points in 2016.
  •          Of the 10 Senate Democrats facing re-election this year in states where Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, Donnelly is considered to be one of the most vulnerable.
  •          Although Donnelly has joined all Democrats in opposing major legislative items of the Trump presidency—most notably the GOP tax bill and the unsuccessful attempts to repeal Obamacare—he remains an oft-courted vote for the White House.

You can view the article in its entirety here.


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