Republicans see warning signs after election losses

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National News

November 7, 2019 - 9:54 AM

President Donald Trump stands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during a campaign rally. The president was visiting Kentucky the day before Election Day in support of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Democrat Andy Beshear won the race. GETTY IMAGES/BRYAN WOOLSTON/TNS

WASHINGTON — Off-year election results in three key states — Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky — serve as a flashing red warning light for Republicans worried that President Donald Trump’s deep unpopularity outside rural areas may threaten their grip on the White House, the Senate and numerous state legislatures.

But in Washington, where Republicans are expected to ardently defend Trump when the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry opens next week, GOP lawmakers are unlikely to alter their approach, at least in the short term.

The statewide contests Tuesday inevitably reflected local candidates and conditions. But several races drew high-profile campaigners, millions of dollars in out-of-state contributions, and were widely seen as a test of voter enthusiasm and party momentum one year ahead of the 2020 election.

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