Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that the chances of the Democratic Party taking control of the Senate right now are about “50-50,” with just five days left before the election.
“It’s a 50-50 proposition. We have a lot of exposure. This is a huge Republican class,” McConnell said during a campaign stop in the state of Kentucky. “There are dogfights all over the country.”
He’s not wrong.
Republicans are fighting to hold a slim 53-47 majority in the Senate as Democrats target several GOP-held seats they believe are competitive. In order to take back the Senate, Democrats would need to pick up three additional seats and win the White House.
Although Republicans are hoping to win back the Alabama seat held by Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones – who is considered to be one of the most vulnerable senators – Democrats are going after GOP senators in a growing number of states, including Maine, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina and South Carolina.
There are nine Republican-held seats that are rated as either leaning Democratic or toss-ups by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, which by contrast only rates one Democrat-held seat as leaning Republican (and none as toss-ups).
For months now, McConnell has been sounding the alarm that the battle for control over the Senate would be a very competitive one. The GOP is defending 23 seats on election day, while Democrats are only defending 12. The Democratic Party has not held the majority in the Senate since 2014.
“If you look at the Democratic Party today, you ought to be frightened,” the Kentucky senator said. “We’re fighting for our way of life.”
This is definitely an important election, not only for the White House, but also for both chambers of Congress. We not only need to keep the Senate, we need to take back control of the House if possible. This will enable President Trump to be much more effective in getting things done for our country and implementing his agenda.