White House touts Trump’s role in midterms as polls start to close

White House touts Trump’s role in midterms as polls start to close

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The White House at dusk on election day. (Photo credit: TMN/JC Bua)

WASHINGTON — Shortly before Tuesday night’s first round of polls closed, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement touting the steps that President Donald Trump has taken to bolster Republican candidates.

“As President, Donald J. Trump has headlined an unprecedented 50 rallies—30 in the last two months alone—and he has campaigned for dozens of candidates at all levels of government. The President has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country,” Sanders said. “Under President Trump’s leadership, the Republican National Committee has raised more than a quarter billion dollars, fueling an extraordinary ground game geared toward defying midterm history and protecting the GOP’s majorities.”

Sanders added that the president provided voters with a choice between “American prosperity and security” and going “backwards.”

Democrats are favored to take control of the House of Representatives in what has been widely viewed as voters as a referendum on the president.

Trump has played an outsized role in shaping the Republicans’ national message ahead of Tuesday, repeatedly pushing illegal immigration to the forefront  at times at the expense of a less controversial economic message.

Trump acknowledged Monday night that the election is a reflection on his presidency, telling a rally in Cleveland that he was “in a sense” on the ticket.

Following six days of campaign appearances, the president kept a low profile throughout the day Tuesday, cheering candidates on via Twitter, but making no formal public appearance.

Trump is expected to observe Tuesday night’s results at a watch party in the White House’s residence with family and friends, according to Sanders’ statement.

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