Republicans running in 2018 saw the reality of an anti-Trump wave among white suburban voters. House Republicans rely on votes from suburban areas to keep their majorities in states such as Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida.
The anger at Trump was evident in exit polls conducted by Edison Media Research.
In Virginia, Republican Ed Gillespie won 91 percent of voters who “approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president.” Democrat Ralph Northam won 87 percent of those who disapprove.
In essence, Gillespie had all the Trump voters. But there just weren’t enough of them and Northam won easily, by 9 points.