An interesting dichotomy is unfolding in midterm races, with Republicans in Senate races latching onto President Donald Trump while some of the party's candidates in House races are distancing themselves from him as Democrats take aim.
According to The Hill, the situation comes down to location.
For example, Republicans in close Senate races in Indiana, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are aligning themselves with Trump because he is popular among voters in those states. But in the House, Republicans in some states are trying to steer clear of the president in races where Democrats are zeroing in.
"It's a tale of two cities in terms of the Senate and the House," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told The Hill. "In the battle for the Senate, the potential pickups are in states where Trump is very popular.
"In the House, there's no one-size-fits-all plan. If you're in a rural area, you're running to Trump."
He added that GOP candidates in more urban areas are "running more on their own name."
The GOP currently holds a two-seat majority in the Senate and a 46-seat edge in the House. Democrats are threatening to take back the House and perhaps even the Senate, which could have a devastating impact on Trump as he tries to pass his agenda.
One of the decisive issues at the moment is immigration. The GOP-led Congress has not yet been able to pass immigration reform, which includes funding for a lengthy border wall between the United States and Mexico and protection for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
CBS News noted Thursday that each party thinks the failure to pass immigration legislation will help them come November.
Vice President Mike Pence has attended several fundraisers and campaign appearances for Republicans running in the midterms in recent weeks. He is scheduled to attend an event next week for GOP Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada.
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