In a sign that even Republicans are beginning to realize that Donald Trump's re-election campaign is in trouble, North Carolina GOP Senator Thom Tillis almost admitted he wanted control of a Joe Biden administration.
"The best control for a Biden presidency is that the Republicans have a majority in the Senate," said the GOP senator, according to Politico. "And I think 'Checks and Balances' is resonating with voters in North Carolina."
It's a telling statement from Tillis, even if he continues to publicly support Trump. This is a sign that he is trying to bring some daylight between himself and a president whose number is decreasing more day by day.
In North Carolina, Biden's edge on FiveThirtyEight is currently less than three percentage points. While Biden's lead in the state was wafer-thin, it was stable.
In the Senate race, Tillis is currently around five percentage points behind Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, according to RealClearPolitics.
The fate of the GOP senators is likely tied to the unpopular president
Despite the efforts of Senator Tillis, the fate of vulnerable GOP senators is likely linked to Donald Trump, an unpopular president.
As Harry Enten noted four years ago, the 2016 election "was the first time that all states (with Senate races on the ballot) voted for the same party in both Presidential and Senate races."
Given America's polarization, it is likely that this trend will continue into the upcoming elections.
In other words, if Trump loses North Carolina, Tillis will likely lose his re-election bid too. If Trump overtakes Biden and sticks to the state, it will increase Tillis' chances.
At this stage of the presidential campaign, Thom Tillis seems to be realizing where things are going. However, it is unlikely that there would be enough Biden-Tillis voters in North Carolina to save him if Donald Trump loses the state.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.