WSJ: GOP Faces Major Losses in November if it Doesn’t Change Strategy

wsj gop faces major losses in november if it doesnt change strategy
WSJ: GOP Faces Major Losses in November if it Doesn't Change Strategy

The Wall Street Journal said evidence is mounting that there will be major Republican losses in November.


The newspaper made its remarks in an editorial posted on Wednesday.


“Republicans on present trend are poised in November to lose their majority in the House of Representatives and a slew of governorships, the Journal noted. “That’s the clear message from Tuesday’s election contests and a growing body of evidence.”


It pointed to the House race in Ohio, where Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor are still locked in a tight battle – even after most of the votes were tallied.


“Republicans appear to have won a narrow victory in the special House election in Ohio, with provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted,” the newspaper said. “But a win of less than 1 percent in a heavily Republican district is hardly a show of strength.


“The ominous news for Republicans is that they hold about 68 House seats that are less Republican than this Ohio district.”


The Journal also pointed out two districts in Washington State, “where Republicans underperformed” on Tuesday.


“Tuesday’s results cast doubt on the current White House strategy to make the election a referendum on Donald J. Trump,” the newspaper said. “The president took credit late Tuesday for Mr. Balderson’s apparent Ohio victory, and perhaps his visit to the district Saturday evening motivated some GOP voters.


“But his omnipresence also motivates Democrats, while it may de-motivate soft Republicans and independents who dislike Mr. Trump.”


And the Journal noted that without a change in strategy the “result is likely to be a national left turn.”



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