GOP strategist: Republican candidates distancing themselves from Trump could backfire in midterms

Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton said on Monday that Republican candidates should not work to distance themselves from President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE ahead of the midterms, warning that the move could backfire on them. 

"If I was advising Republicans, I would be very, very careful with how much they distance themselves from the president because the fact of the matter is the president still maintains 88 percent approval among registered Republicans," Singleton, a columnist for The Hill and former aide to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump administration to make it easier for adoption agencies to reject same-sex couples: report READ: Ben Carson's letter clarifying testimony on protections for homeless transgender people Exclusive: Carson seeks to clean up testimony on protections for homeless transgender people MORE, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 
 
"I think Republicans have to be very, very careful here and take this on a case-by-case basis based on the states, based on the respective congressional districts. But I think distancing themselves too far from the president could have an effect that would not benefit Republicans going into November," he continued. 
 
Recent polls have shown Trump's overall approval rating to be between 40 percent and 50 percent, while his approval with Republicans has remained high in the 80s. 
 
Trump has hit the campaign trail recently, working to galvanize the GOP base ahead of November's midterm elections.
 
 
 
 

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