March 23, 2019

How Trump Could Be Reelected

“If you go by the numbers, President Trump is in a stronger position to win reelection than Bill Clinton was at the same point in his presidency. Trump’s job approval is 46 percent in the latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll. A Gallup poll has him with 43 percent but his handling of the economy in the mid-50s.

These are the first of what will be more wake-up calls for Democrats that Trump could get reelected. A president who doesn’t top 46 percent job approval would normally be considered a very weak contender. Democrats are haunted by the fact that Trump cobbled together an Electoral College win in 2016 after losing the popular vote by three million votes.

Democrats are in a much better position to win the White House in 2020 than Trump is to win reelection. Charlie Cook of the non-partisan Cook Report breaks down the electorate this way: 35 percent are Trump no matter what; 45 percent are Democrats who oppose Trump no matter what; and 20 percent roughly are up for grabs.”

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