Oct 26, 2018

Trump rarely visits Clinton districts for his midterm rallies

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Of the 34 midterm rallies President Trump has held or will hold by Oct. 31, only nine of them are in congressional districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Why it matters: It shows the main GOP strategy in the 2018 midterm elections: deploy the president to energize and encourage the party's base, and don't spend a lot of time trying to win converts.

At a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, earlier this month, Trump said: “I’m not on the ticket, but I am on the ticket ... Pretend I’m on the ballot.” That districted voted for Trump by 33 percentage points in the 2016 presidential elections.

What they're saying: “The President’s rallies are motivating voters who came out to vote specifically for him in 2016 to now come out again and vote for the entire Republican ticket," said Republican National Committee press secretary Cassie Smedile.

Go deeper: Trump is planning 10 midterms rallies in the week before the election

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Trump rallies Michigan supporters minutes into his impeachment

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President Trump called his impeachment a "political suicide march for the Democratic Party" as the House of Representatives cast two fateful votes Wednesday night.

The big picture: Trump became America's third president to be impeached after the House voted on charges of abuse of power and obstruction. But supporters remained unfazed at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, showing up through slushy snow wearing MAGA hats and "deplorables" gear to get a look at the president.

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Trump announces Rep. Jeff Van Drew will join Republican Party

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President Trump announced in the Oval Office Thursday that New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew will join the Republican Party.

Why it matters: Van Drew, elected as a Democrat in the 2018 midterms, was one of only two House Democrats who voted against both articles of impeachment on Wednesday night. He represents a congressional district that Trump won by nearly 5 points in the 2016 election.

Go deeper: Aides, campaign team resign from Van Drew's office over expected GOP switch

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Which Democrats voted against Trump's impeachment

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Only two House Democrats crossed party lines to vote to oppose both articles of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday. Both of them are feeling the pressure of representing swing districts Trump won in 2016.

Why it matters: Dissent was low as dozens of other Democrats who represent districts that Trump won sided with impeachment, either voting their conscience or calculating it could be even politically riskier to vote no.

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