Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell breathed a sigh of relief after controversial former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach lost his state’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.
The McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund had invested $2.1 million to boost Rep. Roger Marshall, who won the primary and will face off against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier, but the majority leader’s intervention shows the challenge he faces in holding onto his own job, reported NPR.
“Right now Trump is losing and the Senate is leaning towards Democrats,” said one GOP strategist.
The GOP currently holds a 53-47 majority in the Senate, but Republicans face a tough map for maintaining that control.
“Of the 10 most competitive Senate races, Republicans have only one likely prospect for a pickup in Alabama,” NPR reported. “The remaining nine seats are GOP-held, and the party’s candidates are down or tied in the polls across the board.”
Republican strategists are most worried about Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina, but President Donald Trump’s poor approval ratings put two states he won — Iowa and Montana — into play for Democrats.
“The dynamics that could cause him to win reelection may be out of his hands,” said another Republican strategist. “He’s now at the mercy of outside factors.”
Even once reliably conservative Georgia carries a risk for Republicans, who have two incumbents fighting to hold onto their seats.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler is trying to keep her seat in a special election after her appointment to finish a term, and Sen. David Perdue is seeking a second term.
Senate Dems blast ‘corrupt’ nomination of Amy Coney Barrett: ‘This entire process is illegitimate’
President Donald Trump on Saturday nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court -- and Democrats were livid.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) linked the nomination to the Affordable Care Act and the COVID-19 pandemic.
"A vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to eliminate health care for millions in the middle of a pandemic," Schumer wrote. "Democrats are fighting for Americans' health care."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, ripped the nomination for coming so close to the election.
Joe Biden responds to Trump picking Amy Coney Barrett for the US Supreme Court
Democratic 2020 nominee Joe Biden released a statement shortly after President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the United States Supreme Court.
"Election Day is just weeks away, and millions of Americans are already voting because the stakes in this election could not be higher. They feel the urgency of this choice – an urgency made all the more acute by what’s at stake at the U.S. Supreme Court," Biden wrote.
"They are voting because their health care hangs in the balance. They are voting because they worry about losing their right to vote or being expelled from the only country they have ever known. They are voting right now because they fear losing their collective bargaining rights. They are voting to demand that equal justice be guaranteed for all. They are voting because they don’t want Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of the land for nearly half a century, to be overturned," he explained.
Republicans poised to lose safe House seat after gun-toting extremist ousts incumbent
Republicans may be poised to lose what was considered a safe seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after a far-right upstart knocked out the GOP incumbent in the 2020 primaries, according to The New York Times.
Lauren Boebert owns the cafe named Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorodo. In March, she ousted Republican Rep. Scott Tipton in the GOP primary.
"Despite the decidedly conservative tilt of the sprawling, 29-county district — composed of pockets of high-end ski town liberalism like Aspen and small, economically pressed ranching and farming communities — her race with Diane Mitsch Bush, a former Democratic state lawmaker and university professor, is close. The contest is not only a clash of cultures in a state that has steadily grown more liberal, but it is also an example of why Republicans are struggling to regain ground in the House," The Times reported.