How the GOP can avoid the historic loss of seats in midterm election

Donald Trump has upended traditional politics, which is unsettling to pollsters and other experts who depend on predictability in their prognostications. This piece by Nathan L. Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections, highlights the fact that while traditional analysis shows Republicans in some trouble for 2018, there is a chance that Trump's distance from the Republican Party could help the GOP minimize losses. Roll Call: As we've mentioned plenty of times before (and will likely repeat over and over again), history puts the Republican Party at a disadvantage: The president's party has lost seats in 18 of the last 20 midterm elections, with an average loss of 33 seats. Democrats need to gain 24 seats next year for a majority. Midterm elections often a referendum on the president, and when voters disapprove of his performance, they punish his party because his name isn't on the ballot. Historical trends are based on that dynamic. But...(Read Full Post)