Opinion: Republicans look poised to increase their majority in the Senate
With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, I’m going to be breaking down what both political parties are concentrating on. Today, let’s take a look at the Senate races that the Republican Party is watching:
While midterm elections don’t typically favor the president’s party, the GOP actually has a real chance to pick up seats in the Senate and increase their 2-seat majority that they currently hold.
First, let’s go to North Dakota where incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp faces a tough re-election bid against Congressman Kevin Cramer.
Heitkamp has come under heavy criticism for airing an ad that outed and misidentified survivors of sexual assault. She is running on the left in a state that President Trump won by 36 points in 2016.
Next, Missouri, where Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill is neck and neck with state Attorney General Josh Hawley.
This is another state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump in 2016. McCaskill’s voting record, questions about her family’s business, and her consistent opposition to the administration may haunt her in the end.
Lastly, to Montana, where incumbent Democrat Senator Jon Tester holds a narrow lead over his opponent Matt Rosendale in a state that President Trump won by over 20 points in 2016.
Florida, Indiana, West Virginia and even New Jersey are other states where the GOP has a realistic shot at picking up seats.
Here’s the bottom line: the Republican Party actually looks poised to perhaps increase its majority in the Senate, barring some unforeseen circumstance.
Tomorrow I’m going to be discussing what Democrats running for the Senate need to do in order have a successful November.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations