‘Still a referendum on Monday’: Biden and Trump end midterm on collision course 2024

For most of the campaign, even as the former president remained popular in the ranks of the Republican Party, many party leaders hoped that losses incurred by Trump himself would damage his credibility in the run-up to 2024. Leader Mitch McConnell In other words, the focus should be on “candidate quality” – an ongoing concern after the GOP primaries have won a number of pro-Trump conservatives with clear responsibilities at the time of the general election.

But many of Trump’s favorite candidates recovered in the final days of the campaign as Republicans rose nationwide, with waning or better prospects in Senate races in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and New Hampshire.

The fact that Biden was campaigning hard in Democratic New York on Sunday indicates how concerned his party is about the heavy losses.

Already, Democrats entered the weekend resigned not only to the possibility that they would lose the House, but the growing risk that they could lose the Senate as well.

“I don’t feel comfortable,” said Matt Bennett of the center-left Third Road.

“October is where she really got back on the ground, and that’s still where he’s come,” said Democratic pollster Molly Murphy, president of Impact Research.

“They dropped tons of money,” said Murphy, whose company was the lead pollster for Biden in the 2020 election. “And in a bad cycle and when the economy is still in bad shape, it all culminates in what I think is a tougher, tougher night for the Democrats.”

On Sunday, CBS News’ latest midterm poll showed that Democrats have snubbed election-enthusiast Republicans, erasing 9 percentage points of the GOP’s advantage in voters’ favor last month.

Senator. Cory Poker “We have to translate that to people who are coming out,” DN.J. said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

Late in the scramble to increase turnout, Democrats were splashing across the electoral map this weekend, including in New Hampshire, where Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Senator. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) Sunday campaign for the weak Democratic senator. Maggie Hassan.

Buttigieg and Klobuchar, who have become odd campaign partners in the lead up to the first half of the semester, taunted the new team’s formation at a riverside rally in Nashua — their first appearance together in New Hampshire since they finished second and third. , respectively, in the 2020 state presidential primary.

“The last time we were on stage [here]Circumstances were a little different,” Buttigieg joked to Klobuchar from atop an autumn stand set up in a parking lot. Now, he said, “we are totally united in our enthusiasm for your enormous Congressional delegation.”

But Democrats still had their problems within the party after nearly two years of internal wrangling over policy. On Saturday, Senator. Joe Mansion (DW.Va.) stormed Biden for his pledge to close coal plants during a speech in California, saying, “Comments like this are the reason why the American people have lost faith in President Biden.” The centrist Democrat called Biden’s language “offensive and disgusting.”

Amanda Renteria, who was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 national policy director, said she was “preparing for impact” on Tuesday, not just because of the expected losses, but because of “the kind of politics that is winning now.”

“What makes me nervous is that you will have election deniers who make jokes about them [the attack on] After that, Paul Pelosi won the election and he has a mandate to not just continue that kind of acuity and that kind of rhetoric,” she said.

We usually think after the election, we’ll get together now. But this is not set up so that we can say so,” Renteria added. “We are in the space of an election cycle that never ends and that never has a chance for recovery and reconciliation and even pretending to try to come together and unite the country.”

Biden, as he did during his presidential run two years ago, threw the halfway through a historical perspective, telling his supporters in Pennsylvania that they were making a “choice between two very different visions of America.”

That same night, Trump drew a sharp contrast to his potential opponents in the 2024 primaries, touting his position in early opinion polls.

Two days after telling crowds in Iowa that he would “very, very likely do it again” in 2024, Trump also began to downplay his potential primary Republican challenger, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – calling him “Ron de Sanctimonios. “

The fact that Trump, after losing and with all his legal troubles and with his polarizing personality, can still be said not only is the front-runner, but perhaps the waltz in the nomination, speaks to [the fact that] “It’s his Republican Party,” said John Thomas, the Republican strategist.

However, in acknowledgment of Trump’s continuing potential problems in winning over general election voters, Thomas added: “I’m grateful he didn’t. [announce a presidential run] before the midterm elections. Because the gains we make with white women are not going to happen.”

Lisa Kaczynski contributed to this report.

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