Friday on WRNR radio, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said the Republican Party was “absolutely” concerned about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s effect down ballot in swing states with close elections for incumbent senators, like in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.
“Absolutely there’s concern, and so I think the focus you’ll see from most senators and probably me as well is to try to get our senators re-elected to retain the majority, because holding the majority in the Senate I think is important for the country,” she said. “Certainly, it’s important for me as a good Republican, so I’ll pick a couple races, states like New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, that have incumbent Republican senators who I think are very good. Senator Portman, Senator Toomey, and Senator Ayotte in New Hampshire. There, there is a lot of independents, there’s a lot of Democrats in those states and you have to swing voters, and that’s to swing them from independents over to the Republican side. I think there’s a real concern that Donald Trump would be a detriment to that at the top of the ticket. So, that’s why you see them working extremely hard, raising a lot of money, and also distancing themselves in a lot cases from a lot of his comments. And I think that’s what they need to do to try to win their individual races, but when you can only win by two points, that’s when whoever’s at the top can really make an influence on your race.”
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