Strong US economy gives Trump boost for midterms

US President Donald J. Trump speaks at a rally in Hertz Arena, Florida, on Oct 31, 2018.
US President Donald J. Trump speaks at a rally in Hertz Arena, Florida, on Oct 31, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Positive data good news for Republicans but whether this will translate to votes yet to be seen

The continuing strong growth in the US economy has put President Donald Trump and the Republican Party in a good position for the midterm elections, due in just over a week on Nov 6.

Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 3.5 per cent in the third quarter of the year, driven by strong consumer and government spending, the Commerce Department said last Friday in its last report before the polls. The strong performance in the third quarter followed the blockbuster 4.2 per cent GDP growth in the previous quarter.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2018, with the headline 'Strong US economy gives Trump boost for midterms'. Print Edition | Subscribe