MSNBC Reporter: Republicans Expect To Lose Popular Vote In 2020

MSNBC Reporter: Republicans Expect To Lose Popular Vote In 2020

MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff believes Republicans know they will lose the popular vote in the 2020 presidential election and are planning to win in spite of it. Soboroff told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the GOP has a risky strategy to overcome President Donald Trump’s unpopularity.

“So you’re talking to your 39, 40%, but to win a presidential election he’s going to need to do more than that,” regular Willie Geist said. “Is he even interested in doing that? Does he know how to do that or does he just know how to go to the rally and tell the people what they want to hear?”

“He’s not interested in doing that,” Soboroff said. “He will be incapable of doing that. Susan talked earlier about his ceiling. We know exactly where his ceiling is. It’s at 46%. He’s never received higher than that in the Gallup approval poll and that’s exactly what he got in the popular vote in 2016.”

“So in order to win – Republicans anticipate losing the popular vote again,” Soboroff said.

“In order to overcome that, what they have to do — what the Trump campaign’s plan and is what the RNC is spending tens of millions of dollars doing is identifying people who are not regular voters, who are non-voters in rural areas, in Michigan, Wisconsin, the industrial Midwest, so that blue wall again has some cracks in it.”

“Now, this is not a sure bet by any means because Trump has lost so much support in the suburbs. He’s also lost support in those swing counties that really helped to deliver him the electoral college victory in 2016. So this is tough and it’s really expensive. So that’s why the RNC — it’s such a big deal that they have raised as much money as they have.”

It would be unprecedented in modern times for a president to win two terms without winning the popular vote.

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Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.