Republicans warn Trump: Right the ship or lose Senate

Republicans warn Trump: Right the ship or lose Senate


Republican leaders are watching Donald Trump’s campaign with growing alarm as they fear a landslide at the top of the ticket could wipe away their hard-fought congressional majority.For months, top GOP leaders had counseled their candidates to run their own races, separate themselves from the ugly back-and-forth of the presidential contest and focus on the accomplishments Republicans have achieved on Capitol Hill for their home states.But in interviews with top Republicans in Washington, several privately told CNN that there’s not much they can do if Trump loses in each of the battleground states by 10 points or more.

And they are pushing Trump hard to right the ship — namely by focusing exclusively on Hillary Clinton and seizing on her vulnerabilities — to help avoid an electoral bloodbath in the fall.”If it’s 10 points or more, we are in big trouble,” said one top Republican, who asked not to be named to talk candidly about the Senate landscape.Republicans believe there’s still ample time to fix their problems, particularly given Clinton’s high negative ratings in many polls. And they are confident in the strength of their Senate GOP incumbents, many of whom are well-funded and have built robust field operations that could help them outperform Trump in their states.Asked if Republicans would keep control of the Senate, McConnell added confidently: “We will.”


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