AP FACT CHECK: Trump misreads election scoreboard

December 18, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks on national security Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Washington. Trump says his new national security strategy puts "America First." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not so good at keeping score.

In a tweet Monday, Trump knocked the media for refusing to say “Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional Races this year.”

That’s because they aren’t.

In this year’s House elections, the score is 5-1 for Republicans. Democrats held a California seat.

Add the Alabama Senate election, and the scorecard is 5-2.

AP Fact Checks have found Trump boasting before the Senate race about a 5-0 scorecard this year. He chanted “Five and 0” at an Iowa rally in June -- but the real tally was 4-1.

Also in his tweet, Trump said he knew Republicans would lose the governor’s race in Virginia and Alabama Senate race. Publicly, he’d predicted a Republican win in Alabama.


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