President Trump is gliding his way to an easy re-election according to Republican strategists and campaign officials throughout the country.
Although the economy has been wrecked by the coronavirus, unemployment is on the rise, and the president’s poll numbers are down, Politico reports party insiders are claiming these factors are turning around.
From the report:
Interviews with more than 50 state, district and county Republican Party chairs depict a version of the electoral landscape that is no worse for Trump than six months ago — and possibly even slightly better. According to this view, the coronavirus is on its way out and the economy is coming back. Polls are unreliable, Joe Biden is too frail to last, and the media still doesn’t get it.
Phillip Stephens, GOP chairman in North Carolina, said Trump’s four-year record offers proof that he is the best candidate to deal with issues facing the country.
Stephens told the outlet: “The more bad things happen in the country, it just solidifies support for Trump.”
The chairman said he is seeing rural areas in North Carolina that backed former President Obama in 2012, turn around to support Trump in 2016. He expects this support to continue.
“We’re calling him ‘Teflon Trump.’ Nothing’s going to stick, because if anything, it’s getting more exciting than it was in 2016. We’re thinking landslide,” he added.
According to the report, bets are high on Trump to repeat his performance in 2016 where he defied political gravity.
Republican officials from around the country, including swing-states, have said internal polling and the campaign’s messaging is right on track for an easy win in November:
Andrew Hitt, the state party chairman in Wisconsin, said that during the height of public attention on the coronavirus, in late March and early April, internal polling suggested “some sagging off where we wanted to be.”
But now, he said, “Things are coming right back where we want them … That focus on the economy and on re-opening and bringing America back is resonating with people.”
In Ohio, Jane Timken, the state party chair, said she sees no evidence of support for Trump slipping. Jennifer Carnahan, the chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party, said the same. And Lawrence Tabas, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, went so far as to predict that Trump would not only carry his state, but beat Biden by more than 100,000 votes — more than twice the margin he mustered in 2016.
“Contrary to what may be portrayed in the media, there’s still a high level of support out there,” said Kyle Hupfer, chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. He described himself as “way more” optimistic than he was at this point in 2016.