'Trump Effect' Overpowers Booming Economy Ahead of Midterms

“The midterms are very tough for anybody,” the president said in an interview with the Associated Press

“The midterms are very tough for anybody,” the president said in an interview with the Associated Press

A short time later in Elko, Trump fired off his own attack at the former vice president. The "Creepy Joe Biden" nickname among Trump supporters, based off of pictures of the former Vice President's habitual holding and touching women and girls during political events.

A short time earlier and 400-plus miles south, Biden headlined a Las Vegas rally at a union local to promote Heller's challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, and other Democratic candidates, as he encouraged Nevada residents to get out and vote.

A president's approval rating historically is an important factor in midterm elections, and Trump's has never been above 50 percent in Gallup's tracking poll since his inauguration.

"We should put money back into the pockets of American families to address rising costs of childcare, housing, tuition, and other expenses", Harris previously said in a statement.

Democrats, while still favoured overall, have been unable to build a decisive edge over Donald Trump's Republicans, meaning that the president might avoid the severe electoral slap-down the opposition party had hoped to inflict.

Donald Trump with Dean Heller in Nevada.

"I am thrilled to be right here in Elko with you", Trump said. Given the strength of the current economy and its position in the poll, as well as the president's increased approval rating, perhaps the alleged "Blue Wave" won't be as powerful as many progressives have predicted.

"It's not in the interest of anybody to have those people make that trip", Gerónimo Gutiérrez, the Mexican ambassador to the USA, told Fox News, noting that "they're frequently tricked by human smuggling organizations". "I think I'll keep it a little bit low-key until the election".

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The effect may be magnified with Trump, who daily puts himself into public conversation.

The President, in an effort to galvanize voters ahead of next month's midterm elections, held one of his signature Make America Great Again rallies in Elko, Nevada, where he sought to outline the differences between the GOP and Democrats, particularly on the issue of immigration.

Biden said in his appearance that "basic American values are under assault" and that the upcoming election was "bigger than politics".

Biden also called out congressional Republicans, saying that "because of gerrymandering and unlimited spending. are in fact choosing party over their country".

It's going to be a busy day of politicking in Nevada, where early voting for the November 6 election is beginning Saturday.

The rally outside the union hall north of the Las Vegas Strip included appearances from comedian Billy Eichner and a mariachi band and came as two weeks of early voting kicked off in the state.

Now that the Kavanaugh nomination is in the rearview mirror, it does seem that there has been some partisan benefit to the Republicans, although that benefit won't help much in House races, since battleground races are generally on marginal electoral turf where any recent Republican mobilization will be offset (and then some) by heightened Democratic enthusiasm that has been apparent from the advent of campaign season (Democratic primary turnout was 77% higher than it was in the 2014 primaries, while Republican turnout was only 25% higher). McSally was a Trump critic in 2016 and represents a Tucson district that voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Biden plans on being one of the most active Democratic surrogates on the midterm campaign trail in the final stretch before November 6.

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