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 TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes 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 CarsonCOVID-19 makes Trump's work with black Americans that much harder Sunday shows preview: Congress spars over next round of coronavirus relief; GOP seeks offensive after news of Flynn 'unmasking' On The Money: Small business loan program out of money | Lawmakers at impasse over new funds | Senate adjourns for week with no deal | Trump to leave decision on reopening economies with governors 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.
 
 
Cruz is locked in a tight reelection race with Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report O'Rourke on Texas reopening: 'Dangerous, dumb and weak' Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas), worrying Republicans about the future of the historically red state.
 
 

— Julia Manchester