Despite comments made in public by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, that the chances of the GOP winning the Senate are slim, it seems that in reality, he’s reportedly feeling fairly optimistic about their chances of regaining control of the chamber come November.
Sources recently spoke with Axios this week saying that the Republican leader has expressed “cautious optimism in closed-door remarks” to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce concerning picking up the highest chamber in the history of midterm elections.
This is a fairly sharp change of directions when it comes to messaging compared to the initial position that McConnell expressed to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon held last month.
“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different — they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” McConnell said in Florence, Kentucky, according to Newsmax.
“Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate, either our side up slightly or their side up slightly,” he continued to explain.
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Here’s more from the report:
Former President Donald Trump called out McConnell’s statement at the time, asking Republican senators on Truth Social why they allow the leader “to openly disparage hard working Republican candidates for the United States Senate[?]”
That hard work appears to be producing results. Recently, there has been a shift in polling of competitive Senate races toward Republicans, specifically in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio, and Georgia.
The Trafalgar Group’s latest survey of the Pennsylvania Senate race showed Dr. Mehmet Oz closing the gap on state Lt. Gov. John Fetterman from a 5.3 percentage point margin to 1.8 points.
Let’s hope the GOP is able to seize the day so to speak and take back both the House and the Senate this November. That would halt the progressives within the Democratic Party in a big way and buy us the time we need to take back the White House in 2024.