What this week’s election results mean for Trump in 2020

FILE – In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. Showtime will air a new documentary series from award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney examining the history of clashes between U.S. presidents and the FBI. The four-part series inspired by the book “Enemies: A History of the FBI” by Tim Weiner will debut Nov. 18, 2018, Showtime Networks chief David Nevins told TV critics’ Monday, Aug. 6. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

“He has taken some actions that are cutting into his base.” – David Weigel, Washington Post Reporter

Primary and special election results from Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri and Washington are offering a lens into how the 2020 presidential race will tip — red or blue — and outlining what the best strategy will be for each party to secure the White House.

Washington Post Reporter David Weigel joined host Ethan Bearman to breakdown they key takeaways in just ten minutes.

According to him, based on the outcomes Republican candidates who embraced Trump-style campaigns boasted the highest success-rate in swing districts, while, alternatively, a more centric approach benefited Democrats — in other words, the country isn’t ready for socialism yet.

In addition, he said Ohio and Michigan, who unexpectedly swung in Trump’s camp in 2016, are returning to their previous voting patterns and shifting back to the left. The change was most evident in Ohio, where Republican voting turnout took a sizable hit.

Weigel said the phenomenon is in full-bloom amongst “suburban moms,” explaining “They gave Trump a chance because they hated Hillary, but now he has gone too far and they don’t like his overconfidence.”

He attributes the Midwest’s fading infatuation with the sitting president to Trump’s tariffs hurting farmers and factory workers and his inability to deliver on his promise to pass an infrastructure bill. 

Listen to the podcast below to hear additional insights from Weigel!


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