As the U.S. faces ongoing convergent crises and polls overwhelmingly show Donald Trump with a serious deficit in his race against Joe Biden, some GOP officials are becoming increasingly nervous about their prospects on Election Day.
Not only is the presidency at stake, hopes for retaking control of the House seem increasingly out of reach.
“If the election were today, we would lose the House, the Senate, and the White House,” one Republican source acknowledged.
A GOP elected official expressed concern that Trump “continues to allow it to be a referendum on himself,” advising that a candidate “can’t do that in a competitive race.”
Some in the party, however, cling to optimism that Trump will turn things around on the debate stage.
Biden maintains an eight-point lead over Trump in an average of national polls and a five-point advantage among several key battleground states.