Trump Looms Large Over Campaigns For Control Of Congress

Sep 7, 2020

The battle for control of Congress is solidifying into a race about President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in 2018.
Credit AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file

Republicans are hitching their fortunes to their party’s leader, while Democrats position themselves as a bulwark against him as well as partners in a potential Joe Biden White House.

Usually a president’s position at the top of the ticket boosts his party’s chances, but Trump’s decline in some battleground state like Arizona is shifting the congressional map. House Democrats are expected to retain their majority and the party could also flip the GOP-controlled Senate. 

According to Real Clear Politics, Democrat Mark Kelly leads Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally by more than 11 percent in an average of recent polls. The website also shows Biden ahead of Trump by 5 points.