MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Among his qualifications for the US Senate wants ropes. Evan Jenkins that West Virginia voters should know that he once participated in a Christmas party with Donald Trump, fled with him on the Air Force One and watched two films in the president's private theater at the White House.
"He sat there from start to finish," said Jenkins (R) about "12 Strong", a military thriller and "The 15:17 to Paris", the latest Clint Eastwood girl. "I have a good relationship with him."
Mitt Romney (R), a senate candidate in Utah who called Trump a "fake, a fraud" during the presidential campaign recently embraced the president's confrontational trait on trade and insisted he was harder on immigration than Trump. And in Nevada, another republican and former Trump enemy, Sen Dean Heller, promised the president's policy in private meetings, while publicly saying that their relationship has "grown".
Such flattering things in the GOP Senate primaries today, even as Republicans in Washington express growing concern with the president's contradictory and pugilistic regime.
In intra-party fights across the country has fought until Trump has become the realm of coins. Candidates who once distanceed him now explain acolytes, attacking rivals for any deviation from the Trumpian script and, in one case, also don his cherry campaign hat in ads.
"I'm proud of our president and Mike Pence drains the swamp," says a craftsman Rep Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) In a new advertisement that began to fly days before the Associated Press published a 201
To the root of the fawning approaches are two defining features of the senate landscape: Trump has tremendous popularity among Republican primary voters, and most of the contested races are in states like Trump won in 2016.
"I have not seen a state where among the Republicans his favorables are slightly less than 80 percent," said Jim McLaughlin, a republican poller who has polled for Trump. "The challenge will be for the Republicans, irrespective of whether it is the races of the congress or senate runners, to make the bases motivated. "
However, in most of the competing house races, Republican candidates have opposed their comrades who run for the Senate – gently distance from Trump and try to create their own brand . It is about raising republicans that the Democrats are now favored to seize control of the Chamber this fall, a fact so m was raised this week with the decision of the speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) Not to apply for re-election.
Totally, 46 Republicans have retired or said they will not seek re-election, and many come from the more moderate wing of the party. Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats in the chamber and two seats in the senate to gain control over the chambers.
While the crucial senate runners play in states, Trump, often with huge margins, won the more competitive home races in the Hillary Clinton district or came close to winning. These are parts of the country where Trump is currently less popular, including the suburbs of liberal cities or rural areas in blue states such as New York and California. The Republican strategists have called on the candidates to clarify their oppositions with Trump if it would help them hold abusive independent voters.
"I do not jump to be the" apprentice "," Dino Rossi, the leading Republican candidate in the contest to replace Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Explained in a new interview with the Seattle Times. "The Apprentice" was the Trumps reality tv program.
After the bottom of the mid 30's since last year, Trump's national approval degree has ticked up in most surveys this year. It is now 41 percent in the Gallup survey, which is still a historical low for a modern president at this time in his ministry.
However, most sequence choices differ from the mean. The seven most competitive senate runners are in states where Trumps 2017 approval for Gallup was above the national average – sometimes of significant amounts. In North Dakota, 57 percent of residents approved Trump during the year, while 61 percent were approved in West Virginia.
As a result, the campaigns play like a tribute.
On a forum for Republican candidates in Martinsburg this month, all candidates were quick to clarify their claim on the Trumpian movement. The businessman Tom Willis mentioned that he owned a hotel. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he had filed legal motions to support the Trump agenda. Jenkins talked about his time in Washington who worked with Trump.
The candidate most adapted to Trumps persona was the fourth person on stage, former colonel Don Blankenship, who campaigned for probation after spending time in federal prison to conspire to break my security laws. In 2010, a coal-explosion explosion at a West Virginia mine killed 29 miners by his company.
"I'm the most popular hostile campaign in America, probably," said Blankenship in a low, rummaging delivery. "I'm not driving to make friends with the candidates up here."
Before the event, Blankenship refused to answer questions from a Washington Post reporter. "I'm afraid of the Washington Post," he said. But his campaign manager Greg Thomas later declared that the Blankenship candidate was based on a set of political priorities that matched the Trump agenda and a similar devil-perhaps-caring attitude of a brawler who will fight for the state's inhabitants.
The Blankenship's Rivaler "wants to say," Trump likes me best, "what we're trying to do is say," We're most like Trump, "says Thomas.
In Arizona, All Three Republican Senates
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has claimed that Trump is the reason he drives, even claiming some kind of psychic connection with the president. Rep. Martha McSally (R- Ariz.), Who was a critic of Trump last year, has quoted the president who describes her as "my friend" in her campaign ads.
Former state senator Kelli Ward has also claimed that Trump's mantle and has repeatedly attacked McSally for her previous criticism. "Times have changed. People are looking for another type of republican, Ward said. "They do not want Mitch McConnell's farmer."
In Utah, Romney explains his turnabout from his criticism in March 2016, where he called Trump's promises "as worthless as a graduation from Trump University" with a tight "Me" I will not look back. "
A similar contest for the Trump jacket plays out in Indiana where all three candidates have tried to outdo each other. TV Ads for Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) Has a club of Trumps introductory address before the candidate announces that he is behind Trump Agenda.
Another candidate, Mike Braun, businessman, formerly serving in the state house, has thrown himself as a private speaker. "Last year's presidential election showed that Hoosiers knows that third-party business experience is the country's best hope to fix the broken political system in Washington, "he said in a statement when he announced his campaign.
The candidates have also criticized each other for their failures to support the Trump agenda in the past. Braun voted in democratic primaries for years. Messer spoke to Trump during the 2016 campaign saying that he was not president and could have an "odd personal attachment" that prevented him from controlling era what he said. Rokita, who later supported Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Earlier in the president's primaries, was also critical of Trump.
Trump has hitherto declined to weigh in the race, but the candidates still have encrypted for his approval. Last week, Rokita announced that the chair and vice president of the Trump's 2016-Indiana campaign had been signed.
In an interview, Rokita said he was convinced that his effort to attach himself to the Trump brand would not hurt him in the election if he won the nomination. He also defended Trump's escalating confrontation with China, despite the threat of repayment prices that lowered the prices for Indiana farmers.
"I'm willing to go with President Trump when I try something different," said Rokita. "I think all Americans who want to make America good again and who want America to come first want their president to succeed."