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Clinton’s Latest Campaign Blunders Could Spell Bad News For Down-Ballot Democrats

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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The backlash from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s latest health crisis and her comments dubbing half of GOP nominee Donald Trump’s supporters “deplorables” has many political operatives worried.

Clinton’s low favorability rating, in conjunction with a recent rise in Trump support in a number of key battleground states, are giving the GOP an edge in down-ballot races, at least according to America Rising PAC communications whiz, Jeff Bechdel.

“Clinton’s awful weekend is a disaster for Democratic Senate candidates across the country, who have no good answers for why Clinton described huge portions of voters in their states as deplorable,” says America Rising PAC Communications Director Jeff Bechdel.To make matters worse, we’ve already seen what a question about Clinton’s trustworthiness can do to a down ballot candidate – that exercise only gets harder today thanks to Clinton’s health issues.”

Critics of Clinton have repeatedly hammered her for allegedly lying to the American people about the state of her health, which has taken on a new dimension after she passed out at a 9/11 memorial ceremony Sunday due to a bout of pneumonia. The security of Clinton’s private email server and her involvement in the Benghazi attacks are also continued questions with voters.

With several key states in play, GOP political strategists note that Hillary has become a liability for those seeking office due to voter mistrust of the nominee, referencing down-ballot races.

While the former Secretary of State still has a five-point-lead in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, the race is becoming more competitive and appears to be having a trickle-down effect.

The race between Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson and former Sen. Russ Feingold is within the margin or error, while GOP candidates in Arizona, New Hampshire, Nevada and Georgia are all polling ahead of their opponents.

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