2016 Elections

Democrats Are Hoping for a Wave

Can Trump bring down other Republicans?

Senators McCain and Ayotte.

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In 1980, Democratic pollster Peter Hart warned Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin's champion vote-getter as governor and senator, that he was going to lose. Hart saw a Republican wave coming. Ronald Reagan would defeat President Jimmy Carter and carry other GOP candidates to victory as well.

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