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Albert R. Hunt

It’s Too Late to Stop a Blue Wave, But Not for Trump to Try

The odds favor Democrats in the House and governors’ mansions. So expect October surprises.

Gathering speed.

Gathering speed.

Photographer: Brian Sytnyk/Photographer's Choice

A consensus is building in both U.S. political parties that Democrats are heavily favored to take control of the House of Representatives on Nov. 6 and to pick up half a dozen governors’ offices, while Republicans hang on to their slim Senate majority. But there’s a caveat: Politics is unpredictable with President Donald Trump in the White House.

It would be foolish to rule out the possibility that the prospect of Republican losses in the midterm election will provoke Trump to take some kind of dramatic executive action during the next eight weeks. If he does, it could work for his party or it could just as easily backfire.