“A clear majority of Louisiana voters don’t want Donald Trump to win a second term as president, an independent poll shows,” the Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
“The poll shows that those surveyed by a 54-37% margin favor electing someone other than Trump as president… Only 47% of voters polled approved of Trump’s performance while 46% disapproved.”
“Trump’s weaker-than-expected poll results will likely have consequences for this year’s governor’s race because many Republicans have been saying a late-in-the-campaign endorsement from the president could deliver the decisive blow for a conservative Republican to knock off Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat.”
The Atlantic: “From the beginning of his career in public life, Joe Biden’s instinct has been to recoil from those he considers the hard-charging activists in his party, and to find ways to understand those he knows his own allies would detest.”
“Biden thinks that’s his special insight into politics, that he’s a bridge builder—but it’s meant building bridges to people others think don’t deserve any kind of bridge. He seems to think that approach is especially useful over issues of race. There are archives full of comments, in newspaper accounts and videos, of Biden trying to explain his thinking on the matter. But given how much the conversation over race has changed in the last 50 years, that’s left him with a lot of remarks and relationships that can look out of sync in 2019, even as the 76-year-old former vice president says he’s still the same guy he always was. The comments reinforce a vulnerability—one his opponents have already jumped on.”
As President Trump’s ban on most transgender military servicemembers continues to face legal challenges, a new Gallup poll finds 71% of Americans support allowing openly transgender men and women to serve in the military.
Key takeaway: “Majorities of Americans across nearly all key demographic groups, except for Republicans, support allowing transgender men and women to serve in the U.S. military. Republicans (43%) are far less likely than Democrats (88%) and independents (78%) to support allowing trans servicemembers.”
Data for Progress offers a clever way of analyzing the Democratic presidential race and does not find evidence for the perception that Joe Biden is a runaway frontrunner. The bottom line: Democratic primary voters are still actively considering many candidates, and a nontrivial share have ruled out Biden.
“Republicans are promising to do everything they can to obliterate Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate primary,” Politico reports.
“A push is underway to get President Donald Trump involved in derailing Moore. Republicans are actively moving to recruit Jeff Sessions to run for his old seat. And GOP leaders are warning the party will jeopardize perhaps its only chance at picking up a Senate seat next year if they let Democrat Doug Jones get his favored match-up.”
Said Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ): “Give me a break. This place has enough creepy old men.”
The President wants to be a dictator for life. On January 20, 2021, if he doesn’t leave voluntarily after his electoral defeat, he must be removed by any means necessary.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that Americans “have little faith the U.S. political system can address long-term challenges and are skeptical the nation remains committed to foundational tenets such as the free market, majority rule and tolerance.”
“The lukewarm assessment is marked by sharp partisan differences… But on many points, both parties hold a souring view of how the federal government is functioning. Majorities of Republicans and Democrats both say America’s best years are behind it, rather than ahead.”
“Allies of outgoing White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders commissioned a poll in her native state of Arkansas to test her support against likely primary opponents for a potential gubernatorial race,” sources close to Sanders tell CBS News.
“The results of the poll, conducted several weeks ago, showed Sanders ‘crushing’ any potential Republican rivals, including current Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin who has been eyeing a run.”
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) expressed “amazement” in a NBC News interview that Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have not had “more of a surge” in his state at this point in the Democratic presidential race.
Of Harris, he offered that she “hasn’t spelled out the policy stuff with her vision” — vision that he praised as “tremendous. Of course, I just thought Kamala because this just seemed to be the year of the black woman. I thought she would be surging a little more than she is.”
About Booker, Clyburn said, “I think he is suffering from the shadows, coming out from under the shadows of Barack Obama.”
Gallup: “Americans’ concern with immigration continues to be heightened, as 23% name it the most important problem facing the country.”
“This is by one percentage point the highest Gallup has ever measured for the issue since it first began recording mentions of immigration in 1993.”
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale told CBS News that President would win eight battleground states — Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas — if the election were held today.
New Hampshire, New Mexico and Nevada all voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, while Trump won the other states comfortably.
Parscale added that Trump could also possibly win in Minnesota, which he barely lost four years ago.
They’re on drugs.