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State Elections Aren’t All about Trump

Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review

The GOP fared poorly in some contests last night, but that doesn’t mean red states are shifting blue. While it’s fair to assume that Virginia, at least, will be out of reach for the GOP in 2020, former swing states Ohio and Florida seem likely to go to Trump once again, and Rust Belt states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania remain in reach for Republicans. It would be foolish to deny that Trump’s polarizing presence has had no ill effect on the fate of Republican candidates in a handful of states trending blue. But it would be more foolish still to ignore the electoral gains that the GOP has made in spite of — and in some cases because of — his presidency.