As the table below shows, presidents tend to lose seats in their first midterm election, regardless of their popularity.
|President Trump | Alexander Shcherbak/TASS|
Looking at the chart shows the great presidential debacles.
- Johnson – 47 seats lost (1966), Vietnam, riots
- Ford – 48 seats lost (1971), Watergate, pardon
- Clinton – 55 seats lost (1994), rocky start and health care collapse
- Obama – 63 seats lost (2010), Tea Party formed and Obamacare
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