Midterm election finale shifts focus to Trump’s 2024 announcement
As voters begin to fill out ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, they may be getting some hints how Republicans will select their next president in 2028.
The 2020 Republican National Convention — which, by the way, could also be the last time Republicans nominate a presidential candidate — is set to kick off Sept. 1 in Cleveland.
“The convention will be an opportunity to nominate president a second time,” wrote GOP strategist Ford Fischer in an email to POLITICO before Tuesday. “The nominee will be a president who is best able to beat Hillary Clinton for the party, but who will be in a position to do well against Donald Trump.”
The Democratic presidential nominee will be on the ballot in 10 states, as the Associated Press reported Monday, though it’s unclear whether she could win any of them, as her national polling average is tied with Trump at about 34 percent.
The 2020 convention could be an important moment for Republicans, who can’t afford a repeat of 2016 — when the GOP nominee lost the election to Democrat Hillary Clinton — when Trump unexpectedly ran to the right during his campaign.
Democrats will have a harder time defending any of the states where Clinton is on the ballot, as the majority of the states are in Trump’s column.
In those 10 states with a Democratic candidate on the ballot, here’s what you need to know about the election landscape:
Texas — the second-most populous state in the country, behind California — is on the ballot for its primary election this week. Texas is so big that it’s the only state that can vote in its primary on a non-presidential general election day, which is Tuesday, July 30.
This is the second-to-last contest where Texans can vote in a non-presidential general election day. The presidential primary on Election Day on March 3 is also a non-presidential general election day.
The Democratic Party of Texas said Monday that it will hold