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Trump's election: One year later

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TUCSON - President Donald Trump was elected one year ago this month.

"The manner in which he was elected was shocking to the left, the fact it was an Electoral College win and not a popular vote win," Pima County Republican Chairman David Eppihimer said. "I think they've never recovered from that."

In heavily Democratic Pima County and across the nation, last fall's crushing defeat for Hillary Clinton and the party meant it was time for a reboot. 

"It's really just making sure that we were organizing against those policies we knew were going to be coming down from the Republicans," Pima County Democratic Party Executive Director Heath Butram said.

The Republicans control the White House and Congress and have yet to succeed in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. 

"Save for a misguided vote by our Senator here from Arizona, the Affordable Care Act would have been repealed," Eppihimer said. 

Despite the unemployment rate going down and more people back at work, Trump's approval rating is lower than any other president at this time in his presidency. 

"Voters are siding with the Democrats," Butram said. "They want new ideas."

Voters in Virginia and New Jersey dealing the president his biggest blow at the ballot box to date. Both states overwhelmingly elected Democratic governors Tuesday night. 

"Democrats swept seats," Butram said. "We won in districts that we were not expected to win in. That's largely because with Trump and Republicans in power, we're not seeing any action, we're seeing policies that are attacking average families." 

Eppihimer contends losing seats is part of the game in the midterms. 

"The party in power, the party that won the White House suffers some loses in the first midterm and I think we will suffer some loses.

In Arizona, Democrats are already eyeing the seat now filled by Sen. Jeff Flake.

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