Democrats in frenzy to take advantage of Trump’s Republican ascension

Congressional Democrats set out on a mission Wednesday to tie Donald Trump to every possible Republican running in competitive down-ballot races, following the real estate mogul’s elevation to the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee…

In New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) is in a closely watched Senate contest with the GOP incumbent Kelly Ayotte. On Wednesday, Hassan denounced “the Donald Trump-Kelly Ayotte Republican Ticket,” in an effort to link the incumbent to Trump’s views on defunding Planned Parenthood and blocking the consideration of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. That came as Ayotte, back home for the congressional recess this week, told local media that she would support but not formally endorse Trump.

Positions like those have boosted Democratic hopes. Republicans can either embrace Trump or distance themselves, but either prospect risks alienating some important bloc of voters…

Illustrating the perceived potency of a Trump nomination, Connor Eldridge, the Democratic challenger waging an uphill fight against Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, released a lengthy web video this week that included a variety of misogynistic comments by Trump alongside Boozman’s pledge to support the eventual GOP presidential nominee. The video has drawn more than 90,000 views and media coverage in Arkansas and nationally.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) said Tuesday on Fox Business that he “had no fear of losing the House until I saw” the Eldridge commercial. “This is a dangerous time,” he said.