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RNC Chairwoman Says Party Has 50-50 Shot Of Retaining Control Of House

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel stated on Sunday that the chances of her party retaining control of the House of Representatives are about as equal to guessing the outcome of a coin flip.

Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” McDaniel emphasized the many retirements and departures of Republican lawmakers from the House as partly to blame for her prognosis.

“We’ve had an unprecedented amount of retirements and that has made it harder in some of these swing districts,” McDaniel said. “But right now I’d say it’s 50-50. We are out every day working. The RNC has raised to date $250 million. We’ve put staff on the ground. We’ve trained 20,000 field organizers. That’s four times more than we did in 2016.”

McDaniel further stipulated that the current unpopularity of President Donald Trump wouldn’t play a factor in determining these races, stating that the commander-in-chief would actually be an asset rather than a hindrance in the midterms.

“People are feeling good about where they are. And the president is a great asset for us,” McDaniel said.

Some may take issue with her assessment, considering that Trump’s poll numbers have dipped significantly as of late. According to a recent CNN poll, Trump has an approval rating of 36 percent, a drop of six points since their last poll. A similar outcome was found in an ABC News/Washington Post poll, which also showed a current approval rating of 36 percent for the president across the nation, a drop of four points from their previous tally.

Those disapproval numbers may play a role in federal and local races across the country. In McDaniel’s home state of Michigan, for instance, Trump’s disapproval rating sits at 58 percent, with 37 percent approving of his work so far as president, a huge drop considering Trump won the state in 2016.

According to the poll put out by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV, 68 percent of voters say their attitudes about the president will affect how they vote for other candidates in the midterm elections.

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