Nov 1, 2017

3 red-state Dems break 50% approval

Sens. Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, and Jon Tester. Photos: AP

There are ten Democratic senators defending their seats in states won by Trump in 2018, making the map a particularly tough one for Democrats. But three Dems representing particularly pro-Trump states have greater than 50% approval ratings, at a time when 65 other senators are at or below that percentage, per Morning Consult.

The senators: Joe Manchin (53%) of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp (55%) of North Dakota, and Jon Tester (53%) of Montana.

Be smart: While this is a good sign for these senators, Democrats shouldn't be forecasting victory just yet. As Adrianne Marsh, a Democratic consultant, told Morning Consult, it all comes down to the strength and appeal of these senators' Republican challengers.

But, but, but: "To the extent that voters see Republicans as owning Washington, a Democratic incumbent is better off," Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist and former director of the independent expenditure arm for the DCCC, told Morning Consult.

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Twitter fact-checks Chinese official's claims that coronavirus originated in U.S.

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Twitter slapped a fact-check label on a pair of months-old tweets from a Chinese government spokesperson that falsely suggested that the coronavirus originated in the U.S. and was brought to Wuhan by the U.S. military, directing users to "get the facts about COVID-19."

Why it matters: The labels were added after criticism that Twitter had fact-checked tweets from President Trump about mail-in voting, but not other false claims from Chinese Communist Party officials and other U.S. adversaries.

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