President Biden and Democrats have ridden a wave of good news all summer — on an improving economy, big legislative wins, even unlikely gains by Ukraine.
Why it matters: Democrats spent the first half of the year looking for a way to break the momentum working against them. Now, they’re praying they can keep their positive momentum — and GOP missteps — going with enough force to hold the Senate and maybe the House.
The big picture: Inflation’s fury has been cooling. Gas prices are down. Democrats have enjoyed legislative successes, including passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.
- The Supreme Court’s decision overturning the constitutional right to an abortion has energized Democratic voters, with women registering to vote at unusually high levels and Republicans losing their advantage in the generic ballot.
What we’re watching: At the end of last week, Biden’s team celebrated a