Kudlow: Midterms will be report card on ‘very good times’

Kudlow: Midterms will be report card on ‘very good times’
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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says that November's midterm elections will be a report card on “very good times” facilitated by the Trump administration.

Kudlow, who leads the National Economic Council, told Politico in an interview published Tuesday that Americans’ enthusiasm for the economic conditions he credits to the Trump administration and the GOP tax cuts passed last year will boost Republicans heading into the midterms.

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“These are very good times and the midterms will be a report card on that,” he says. "The confidence indices are telling a very important story, and POTUS is polling in the low- to mid-50s on the economy."

Kudlow, however, conceded in the interview that Republicans face a challenging battle to keep control in the House, but said he thinks Democrats will fall short of the 23 seats they need to retake control of the lower chamber.

“The great blue wall has crashed," Kudlow said. "I think GOP will lose seats but keep the House.”

Kudlow's predictions echo those of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE, who frequently touts low unemployment numbers and economic growth achieved under his administration as evidence why Republicans could see a “red wave” of support in November.

“Presidential Approval numbers are very good - strong economy, military and just about everything else. Better numbers than Obama at this point, by far. We are winning on just about every front and for that reason there will not be a Blue Wave, but there might be a Red Wave!” the president tweeted earlier this month.

Democrats have maintained a lead over Republicans in most generic ballot polls for control of the House since the beginning of the year, holding as high as a 12-point lead in a Quinnipiac University poll late last month.

University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato also shifted his prediction last month, estimating for the first time this year that Democrats will control the House after November's elections.