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A key GOP leader in the U.S. Senate says the party is on track during the 2022 midterm elections to hold at least 52 seats – a majority – and could earn as many as 55.
It is Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., who said during a campaign event in North Carolina, “It starts right here, we’re going to get 52 Republican senators, we have to win here.”
At the appearance for Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., Scott continued, “I think we can get 53, 54, 55. The energy is on our side. People are fed up with the Biden agenda.”
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The Washington Examiner noted the comments from Scott, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, mark a change from recent weeks when some Republicans were doubtful about control of the Senate.
The body is divided 50-50 right now, but the Democrats are the “majority” by virtue of Kamala Harris’ right to break ties in the body.
Democrat Sen. Gary Peters, of Michigan, said just last month that his party could control 52 Senate seats after the elections, but the report noted that might be an uphill fight as polls suggest voters are more likely to vote GOP.
Among the problems facing Joe Biden, and his party, during the election are exploding inflation and gasoline costing $7 a gallon in some cities, according to polling. Other issues are Biden’s disaster at the southern border, his pullout from Afghanistan, his pro-abortion and pro-transgender agendas and more.
About half of the voters say the economy is the top concern, and of those, 64% say they’ll pick GOP candidates to work on the problem.
The Hill reported that in the House, which forecasters are much more confident will end up with a GOP majority, Budd is leading his Democrat challenger by six points.
Key Senate races are being seen now in Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, New Hampshire and Colorado, as well as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio and North Carolina.
The Hill report added, “Scott, however, thinks Washington Sen. Patty Murray (D) and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) might also be in trouble if the GOP wave is as big as he suspects it could be next month.”
Scott said inflation and crime both are pushing key voting blocs, like independent women, to GOP candidates.
“If you look at the weekly polls and do we lot of polls, every week is getting better,” Scott explained in an interview with The Hill.
Just weeks ago Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has hedged expectations for months, said, “In every election every year, this year, past years, it’s great to have terrific candidates. We’re in a bunch of close races. I think we have a 50-50 shot of getting the Senate back. It’s going to be really, really close either way, in my view.”
Lately, Democrats have taken to criticizing polling that shows the GOP surging.
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