Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst at the University of Southern California and veteran of scores of state party conventions, said the lack of big-name candidates running at the top of the ticket likely necessitated the narrow focus on Trump. Rather than losing ground because of Trump, she said the seven targeted Republicans may yet gain.
“The governor and the Senate are lost causes, and without something to bring out the base they are really in trouble,” Jeffe said. “What do you do if you are low as you could possibly go and you need to protect your legislative and congressional candidates? You throw some red meat at the the base of the party.”