NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by voters frustrated with President Donald Trump's agenda.

Some Democrats prefer to connect with constituents over the telephone or social media. Others are facing voters in controlled environments with limited opportunities to ask questions.

But few of the 10 Democratic senators facing re-election next year in states carried by Trump have scheduled in-person town hall meetings during this week's congressional recess.

The cautious approach comes as Senate Democrats seek to limit risks ahead of a challenging 2018 election season. There are no easy answers for Democrats who are pushed to stand up to Trump by their liberal bases and pulled to cooperate with him by others.


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