Republican strategist Steve Schmidt does not have a strong outlook for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In fact he is predicting a landslide win for Clinton in the electoral college.
“What’s the over/under on the electoral college victory for Hillary?” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough asked Schmidt on the Oct. 19 edition of “Morning Joe."
“I think she’s trending over 400,” Schmidt responded, according to Mediaite, referring to electoral college votes.
“Over 400?” Scarborough asked. “Democrats take the Senate?”
“Yes,” said Schmidt.
“Take the House?” Scarborough continued.
“Close,” Schmidt responded. “I think Republicans are down 25 seats as of today, with the trend line going in the wrong direction… the panic is beginning.”
But a major 2016 victory for the Democrats may backfire further down the road.
“[Democrats] have not figured out how to translate presidential success into midterm success,” a Democratic strategist who specializes in Senate races warned of a 2018 disaster for the party, told Politico. “And even worse, this time we have a candidate [Hillary Clinton] who is winning by default. It’s going to be a disaster.”
“Voters are good about keeping this country in check,” Adrianne Marsh, another Democratic strategist, said. “In many ways perception is reality, and if people perceive that there’s a power shift that’s getting out of hand, they’re going to react to it, making the midterm more challenging for us than it might have been.”
Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2018, including West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, are beginning to hedge against this possibility.
"When you think about those vulnerable senators, I think you have to consider: If Hillary Clinton puts up a liberal, pro-EPA judge to replace Scalia, how is Joe Manchin going to vote on that? How is Heidi Heitkamp going to vote on that?" one Republican strategist asked.