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Overall, Trump was dominant (19 or more points ahead) in 18 states representing 119 electoral votes and 36 Senate seats — the potential basis for a new “red wall.” Compare this with the twelve states, representing just 69 electoral votes and 24 Senate seats, in which Romney won by equally large margins.

Meanwhile, Clinton won by 19 or more points in just six states, representing twelve Senate seats and 115 electoral votes. At a senatorial level, this is a tremendous structural advantage for the GOP. It will be seen in the 2018 Senate races. The Democrats will have ten senators up for reelection in states carried by Donald Trump, several overwhelmingly, whereas the Republicans have only one seat up in a state the Democrats carried, Dean Heller in Nevada — and they carried it only narrowly. A Trump-like political and policy strategy in 2018 would find the GOP almost certain to expand its Senate majority, probably substantially.

Looking ahead to future presidential elections, the Trump strategy points to a red wall that could be bigger and more beautiful than the Democrats’ blue one, which kept the previous two GOP candidates out of the White House. In the wake of the 2016 election, it should be obvious that the GOP needs to keep building that big, beautiful red wall.

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Yeah, baby, 2018 midterms. Can't wait.
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