Political watchers say Democrats have a pretty good chance of winning the Senate this November.
That has been the working assumption for this entire cycle. Talking heads have breathlessly opined that the Republicans are in deep trouble in their bid to hold on to the US Senate.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the Democrats big victory…
Many in the Democratic Party itself are expressing worry about their own looming elections, seeing their poll numbers waver and wondering if they are going to lose.
AP wrote: “Although most Democrats still express confidence that they will win back the Senate majority in November, they now appear to have fewer paths to victory, as wins in Ohio and even Florida look increasingly remote. And if they do win back control, it could end up being with the narrowest of margins.”
Some are even now saying the margin could be so slim as to split the Senate evenly, giving the next vice president the role of 50-50 tie-breaker. And for a party that’s been calling the Republican contender, Donald Trump, a buffoon and a circus act, the message to voters with such a slim margin of win could very well be: Well, who’s the buffoon now?
“Jim Manley, a Democratic consultant and former top [Harry] Reid aide, suggested that he and others were growing less optimistic about a Senate flip,” AP reported. “‘I still think it’s going to happen, because the Trump campaign is going to prove toxic to the Republican Party, but it may prove to be tougher than many Democrats were thinking a few months ago,’ he said.”
Democrats currently need four seats in the Senate if their candidate, Clinton, wins, and five if Trump takes the White House. On the GOP side, 24 Senate seats are up for grabs; for Democrats, it’s 10.
And tough as this election is proving to be for Democrats, the political map in two years looks even more challenging.
As Hot Air opined: “So even if [Democrats] achieve a narrow win this year, chances are good Republicans would take the Senate back two years later.”
Source: Hot Air