on the Issues
The Issue NACS Position Clinton Position Trump Position
Motor Fuels NACS supports the produc-
tion of natural resources and
the development of realistic
alternatives to enhance and
stabilize the supply of fuel.
NACS advocates for policies
that allow the market—driven
by consumer demands and
what fuels should be sold in
the market. NACS believes the
policies can balance economic
and environmental interests.
Clinton supports safe and re-
sponsible energy production and
making America a clean energy
superpower by building a clean
energy economy through invest-
ment and incentives focused on
reducing America’s oil consump-
tion by one-third. The country
can get there through cleaner
fuels and more efficient cars,
trucks, ships and boilers; cutting
energy waste in homes, schools,
hospitals and offices by installing
half a billion solar panels by the
end of 2020; and investing $60
billion in the Clean Energy Chal-
lenge to invest in alternative fuels
and new technologies. Clinton
Trump supports an “all-of-the-
above” energy plan focused
on increasing domestic energy
resources such as natural gas
and coal. He also supports
making more federal lands
available for resource production
and lifting any bans on domestic
energy production. On climate
change, Trump has stated he
would cancel the Paris climate
agreement and rescind current
executive actions on the Climate
Action Plan and Waters of the
United States rule.
Republican lock. Rep. Todd Young (R-Bloomington) attempts
to hold retiring Sen. Dan Coats’ seat for the GOP.
Wisconsin: The Badger State race features a re-match from 2010
when businessman Ron Johnson (R) upset then-Sen. Russ Feingold
(D). In the current contest, Feingold attempts to turn the tables on
Sen. Johnson. Polling suggests that he will succeed.
The following group contains the pure toss-up campaigns:
Nevada: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s seat yields
what is becoming the most important race in the country. It is
probable that whichever party wins here will take the Senate
majority. Rep. Joe Heck (R) leads in most surveys, but former
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D) is close behind,
trailing within the polling margin of error.
New Hampshire: No electorate has swung more wildly
since 2006 than the Granite State’s. This means Sen. Kelly
Ayotte (R) and Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) likely have less
control of their own political fate than any other pair of
Senate candidates. Early polling favored Ayotte, but more
current numbers find Hassan pulling ahead. This race is far
Pennsylvania: Sen. Pat Toomey (R) is in a tough fight for his
first re-election from a state that hasn’t given a Republican its
presidential electoral votes since 1988. Democrat Katie Mc Ginty
and Sen. Toomey continue to leapfrog each other in the polls.
This one will come down to the wire.
Currently, these Republican states look to be staying in the
Arizona: Though Sen. John McCain’s late August Republican
primary victory was tepid, he is still favored to win a sixth term.
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Flagstaff) has the ability to give the
veteran incumbent a serious run, however.
Florida: Sen. Marco Rubio returning to the Senate race may
well save the seat for the GOP. His Democratic opponent, Rep.
Patrick Murphy (D-Jupiter), is a strong candidate and the race
could still go either way. Rubio is building positive momentum
and leads in every survey.
North Carolina: This state routinely defeats its U.S. senators, but
Sen. Richard Burr (R) continues to find the correct victory variable
here. Though he is only slightly ahead of former state Rep. Deborah
Ross (D), the finishing trends are aligning well for the senator.
Ohio: Every poll—and there are many—finds Sen. Rob Portman
(R) beginning to put distance between himself and his
Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland. As we saw
with Portman six years ago, there is a good chance that he continues to pull away and in the end wins comfortably.
The following contested states are likely to remain with their
current incumbent or party:
Arkansas (R), Colorado (D), Georgia (R), Iowa (R),
Kentucky (R), Louisiana (R-open), Maryland (D-open) and
Jim Ellis is the publisher of the Ellis Insight publication, a
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