Why down-ballot Democrats could be in the minority for years to come

November 27, 2016

Reading Eagle

One of the simplest explanations for Republicans majorities of nearly every level of government is President Barack Obama. Voters like a check on the party in the White House, and the check they put on Obama was particularly strong. So it stands to reason that the reverse is likely true: A President Donald Trump should be a boon for Democrats down ballot. And if the traditional rules of politics hold, it likely will be. But for Democrats, it’s not as simple as putting a Republican in the White House and hoping for the best.