Political scientist says GOP should have done better in midterms with economy

Political scientist Michael Cornfield said on Wednesday that Republicans should have done better in the midterm elections given the state of the economy. 

"Given the numbers in the economy at the macro level, the Republicans should have done even better," Cornfield, the director of the GW Politics Poll, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

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"Yet, that was not their story. It did not poll well, the tax cut, and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE did not go out and tell a story about the economy," he continued. 

"If he did, it was after telling his story about border security," he said. 

The economy added 250,000 jobs in October, with an unemployment rate at 3.7 percent. 

Trump devoted much of his focus to immigration while campaigning ahead of the midterms, pointing specifically to the caravan of immigrants in Mexico traveling toward the U.S. border as a security risk.

Politico reported on Monday that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism Anti-Defamation League calls on House leaders to censure Steve King over white supremacy comments MORE (R-Wis.) pushed Trump to focus more on the economy in his final message to voters ahead of the midterms. 

However, Trump reportedly responded by saying his immigration focus has fired up his base. 

Republicans lost the House majority, but gained seats in the Senate. 

— Julia Manchester