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Republican Strategist Explains How Donald Trump Could Help Democrats Win Back the Senate in 2020

Republican Strategist Explains How Donald Trump Could Help Democrats Win Back the Senate in 2020
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The United States has around 10 anxiety-ridden months left until we know whether or not the political landscape will change for the better after a grueling four years since 2016.

Just off of helping launch the Lincoln Project, a PAC of Republicans working to vote President Donald Trump out of office, Republican John Weaver is laying out his predictions to Newsweek, with one compelling theory as to how Trump will help Democrats take back the Senate and strengthen its majority in the House of Representatives.

Weaver has worked with numerous Republican presidential candidates, most notably those of the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former Ohio governor John Kasich.

Weaver believes that Democrats' chances at take back the Senate are far better than they were during the 2018 midterms:

"The Republican seats that are in jeopardy—Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Maine, Iowa—those are all states where Trump is trending downwards. So yes, I do believe that control of the Senate is up for grabs."

It will all be determined by higher voter turnout, which would be bad news for Republicans, whom Weaver says are encouraging turnout at their own peril with the party's alienation of women, people of color, and other marginalized groups.

A massive increase in turnout could even remove Donald Trump, whose electoral victory was only secured by 77,000 votes.

"When you say that, people say that they don't ever vote, but you're only talking about if an increase or two or three or four percent across the board from last time. It doesn't have to be massive."

Democrats are hoping and mobilizing to send voter turnout in 2020 skywards.

The GOP's fight for voter suppression makes turnout even more vital.

It's going to be a long year, folks.