His approval rating is perpetually underwater, and the pandemonium surrounding his presidency only grows the longer he’s in the job.
But Senate Republicans are nevertheless making a counterintuitive, all-in bet that President Donald Trump will save their 51-49 majority — and perhaps even help them pick up a few seats. […]
Yet even if the GOP does follow through on its full Trump deployment plan, Democrats argue that the president’s personality and popularity among some voters is neither transferable to other Republicans nor enough to put their candidates over the top. Just look at the two latest examples, they say: Trump went all in for Rick Saccone in last week’s Pennsylvania special House election, and before that for Roy Moore’s Senate bid in Alabama.
“The pattern here is every time he goes in, they lose,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.