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President Trump said during his rally in Michigan on Monday that those running against him next year would be helping his Democratic challengers, although a number of the candidates have taken soundings against him.
Several Democratic candidates, including those seeking Senate seats, are running against Republicans who have spoken out against Mr. Trump in the past year. All five of those U.S. senators—Clint Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Thom Tillis of North Carolina—have also voiced support for the president’s policies. In many cases, they had vowed to vote against him in the event of a successful bid to repeal Obamacare.
Those endorsements present a challenge for Mr. Trump, who is confident that the midterm elections will give Republicans seats back from Democrats, a feat he thinks he can achieve even without the help of other party members in his own party.
But another challenge for Mr. Trump is the growing roster of Democrats who are openly opposed to his agenda.
“The ones that really want to go after me,” he said Monday night in Warren, Mich., “when they have a chance, they’ll join the Republican Party.”