Embattled North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr has made an awfully questionable strategy decision for the final two weeks of this campaign: he's gluing himself to Donald Trump.
"There's not a separation between me and Donald Trump. As a matter fact, there's an ad on TV saying I'm too cozy to him," Burr said at a rally for the Gaston County GOP, according to tracking video from the liberal group American Bridge.
"You might have seen that lately," he continued. "I'm cozy to Donald Trump because I know Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton would be a disaster to my children and my grandchildren. And though I have, when appropriately, spoken up, maybe in opposition to something that was said by our nominee, make no mistake that that's not a lack of support to our nominee."
Okay then. That might just be the first nail in his coffin, because Democrats are kicking some major ass in the early vote. PPP checked in on what's happening there.
PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Democrats are running up large leads already during early voting. Among those who say they've already voted, 63% say they cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton to only 37% for Donald Trump. […] The big Democratic advantage holds down ballot as well. […] Deborah Ross leads Richard Burr 52-34 for Senate, with Libertarian Sean Haugh at 7% among those who say they have already cast their ballots. [emphasis added]
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The polling among all voters shows extremely weak support for Burr, who is statistically tied with Ross at just 42 percent to her 41. He has a matching 41 percent disapproval rating. Neck-and-neck, with Burr at just 42 percent two weeks before the election? We'll take it, particularly when combined with the huge enthusiasm Democrats are showing in the early vote. With every passing day comes another opportunity for Donald Trump to chip away at the Republican brand, and keep more and more discouraged Republicans home—particularly now that Burr has decided to go down with the ship. At least you can't call him a rat?