Russia Probe Might Not Play A Big Role In Midterms

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President Donald Trump might tweet a lot about the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, but for voters, it might just be an afterthought.

“I don’t think it’s a big issue for voters,” said Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast on Thursday.

Republican voters allegedly are not concerned either. “I don’t get asked about it at home,” Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas told Bloomberg on Tuesday. (RELATED: Politico’s Jake Sherman Makes Bold Prediction About Republicans’ Chances In The Midterm Elections)

Politicians suggested the main issues affecting voters are economic. “[They’re] not asking me about Russian bots; they’re asking me about soybean exports,” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said at a May 16 progressive event.

Democrats who continue to push the issue might face costs at the polls.

“Democrats should listen to the many members of their own party who have admitted that voters don’t care about Russia,” Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Tuesday in an email. “Republicans remain focused on issues that affect the American people, like growing the economy and strengthening our national security.”

Evidence that Americans are seemingly unconcerned about the special counsel is apparent in a Navigator Research poll released on May 23. A majority of Americans, 59 percent, believe the Mueller investigation did not uncover any evidence of criminal activity related to the campaign. Mueller, however, has already obtained five guilty pleas and 17 indictments.

The poll surveyed 1,217 voters and was conducted online between May 11 and May 16.

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