McConnell says management of the Senate is 50/50, polls counsel Republicans' odds are a lot worse than that
In 2014, the Republican Party took control of the Senate. They used that majority to wield incredible power over Democrats. The Senate, led by the GOP, was able to enforce a massive tax break for the rich. They were also able to prevent Donald Trump from being charged in early 2020.
But above all for the party, they exerted massive influence on the Supreme Court. The Republicans successfully blocked Merrick Garland's nomination in 2016. They also appointed three new judges, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
Democrats have long watched 2020 to regain control. While the Liberals had a wave election in 2018, they were unable to take control of the Senate. 2020 gives them a much better card.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has proposed control of the Senate as being up for grabs. He said at a recent campaign event in Kentucky: "It's a 50:50 suggestion. We have a lot of contact. This is a huge Republican class. … There are dogfights all over the country. "
The Kentucky Senator continued: “If you look at the Democratic Party today, you should be scared. We fight for our way of life. "
According to respondents, Republicans have nowhere near a 50% chance of staying in control. GOP lawmakers like Susan Collins, Thom Tillis, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner and Martha McSally are particularly at risk of losing their seats.
The website 538.com currently has a 75% Democratic chance of winning the Senate.
In particular, if Joe Biden wins the election, Kamala Harris will be tied for the Senate and the party would only need 50 seats.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.