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‘Candidate quality’: Minority Leader McConnell concerned about midterms

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is not hopeful about Republicans’ chances of regaining control of the Senate. McConnell expressed concern Thursday about the candidates on the ballot in November’s midterms.

“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate,” McConnell said. “Senate races are just different — they’re statewide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome. Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate, 50-50 country.”

There are 34 Senate seats up for grabs, and polls show GOP candidates trailing in several key matchups. In fact, the Cook Political Report recently moved the chances of Senate control from a GOP advantage to toss-up. On top of that, the National Republican Senatorial Committee recently canceled more than $10 million in ad buys in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Wisconsin.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper is reporting that a political action committee with ties to McConnell is gearing up for a $28 million media buy. The funds will go toward helping elect Republican J.D. Vance to the Senate from Ohio. The Trump-endorsed candidate is facing off with Rep. Tim Ryan, D, who is slightly leading in the polls.

A couple of other senate races Straight Arrow News is following include the race between incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, D, and Trump-backed GOP nominee and onetime Georgia Bulldog football star Herschel Walker in Georgia, and Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Trump-endorsed Republican nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania. The Cook Political Report this week moved this race from “toss-up” to “lean Democrat.”

JIMMIE JOHNSON: DESPITE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SAGGING APPROVAL RATING — SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL IS NOT HOPEFUL ABOUT REPUBLICANS’ CHANCES OF REGAINING CONTROL OF THE SENATE.
THE MINORITY LEADER EXPRESSED CONCERN THURSDAY ABOUT THE CHOICE OF CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER’S MIDTERM.

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL: “Senate races are just different. There statewide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome. Right now, we have a 50-50 senate, 50-50 country.”

JOHNSON: THERE ARE THIRTY-FOUR SENATE SEATS UP FOR GRABS THIS FALL.
RIGHT NOW, POLLING SHOWS GOP CANDIDATES TRAILING IN SEVERAL KEY MATCHUPS.
IN OHIO, THE PLAIN DEALER IS REPORTING A POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE TIED TO MCCONNELL IS SET TO SPEND 28-MILLION IN TV AND RADIO ADS TO HELP ELECT REPUBLICAN J-D VANCE.
THE TRUMP-BACKED SENATE CANDIDATE IS FACING OFF WITH DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE TIM RYAN.
A COUPLE OF OTHER KEY RACES INCLUDE THE MATCHUP BETWEEN INCUMBENT DEMOCRATIC SEN. RAPHAEL WARNOCK AND EX-FOOTBALL PLAYER AND CONSERVATIVE HERSCHEL WALKER IN GEORGIA.
AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JOHN FETTERMAN AND DR. OZ IN PENNSYLVANIA.

 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is not hopeful about Republicans’ chances of regaining control of the Senate. McConnell expressed concern Thursday about the candidates on the ballot in November’s midterms.

“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate,” McConnell said. “Senate races are just different — they’re statewide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome. Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate, 50-50 country.”

There are 34 Senate seats up for grabs, and polls show GOP candidates trailing in several key matchups. In fact, the Cook Political Report recently moved the chances of Senate control from a GOP advantage to toss-up. On top of that, the National Republican Senatorial Committee recently canceled more than $10 million in ad buys in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Wisconsin.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper is reporting that a political action committee with ties to McConnell is gearing up for a $28 million media buy. The funds will go toward helping elect Republican J.D. Vance to the Senate from Ohio. The Trump-endorsed candidate is facing off with Rep. Tim Ryan, D, who is slightly leading in the polls.

A couple of other senate races Straight Arrow News is following include the race between incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, D, and Trump-backed GOP nominee and onetime Georgia Bulldog football star Herschel Walker in Georgia, and Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Trump-endorsed Republican nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania. The Cook Political Report this week moved this race from “toss-up” to “lean Democrat.”

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