Remember when the consensus was the Democrats had NO chance of dislodging a Republican US Senate majority?
It might appear that thanks to Donald Trump?
Democrats could control the Presidency and Congress aa soon as 6 months from now….
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report, an independent online newsletter, shifted a handful of Senate races on Thursday in favor of Democrats, with the November general election just 103 days away.
With the relabeling came a prediction: that Democrats, who control the House, will win back control of the Senate in November.
Cook switched GOP Sens. Joni Ernst (Iowa) and David Perdue‘s (Ga.) matchups against Democratic challengers from “lean Republican” to a “toss-up,” while Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) had her race against former astronaut Mark Kelly (D) changed from “toss-up” to “lean Democratic.”
Additionally, Democratic Sen. Tina Smith (Minn.) had her race changed from “lean Democratic” to “solid Democratic.” The race for retiring Sen. Tom Udall‘s (D-N.M.) seat between Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D) and Republican Mark Ronchetti was also shifted from “lean Democratic” to “solid Democratic.”
For Democrats to regain control of the Senate in November, they need to either win four seats if presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wins, or five seats if he loses.
The independent report notes that the Senate hasn’t been flipped outright during a presidential election year since 1980, when former President Ronald Reagan (R) beat former President Jimmy Carter (D).