Four months into the 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate, Senate Republicans have almost no recruitment successes and plenty of failures. Politico reports that potential candidates “are afraid of walking into a buzz saw” as Donald Trump’s popularity sinks to historic lows.
“The Senate GOP is failing to recruit quality candidates — or almost any candidates — and Republicans only have themselves to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “From stripping 26 million Americans of health care to gutting environmental protections, the GOP agenda would hurt working families, especially those who Trump and Republicans claim they want to help. Small wonder Republican’s best candidates are taking a dive, rather than face the voters in 2018.”
Take a look at the headlines Senate Republicans are earning as they fail to find candidates willing hitch their wagon to Washington Republicans in 2018…
Washington Post: Do Senate Republicans have a Trump recruiting problem?
Meanwhile, the headlines in the states look even worse for Senate Republicans…
Wisconsin: Wisconsin’s Sean Duffy Will Forgo Senate Bid
Michigan: Schuette Won’t Run for Senate
Connecticut: Source: GOP trying to draft ex-Fox host Gretchen Carlson for Senate
…and behind the scenes, Trump World is fighting with the NRSC for control over GOP recruitment:
Steve Bannon: “The days of [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell picking Republican nominees in Senate races are over.” — BuzzFeed