Polls: GOP Senate Takeover Might Be Tougher
It gets second billing to the race for the White House, but the battle for control of the Senate is just as important and fresh polling suggests Democrats in some crucial contests are on the rise.
A Republican tidal wave in the 2010 midterms gave the GOP control of the House of Representatives. They also reduced their deficit in the Senate and set their sights on retaking that chamber this year.
Democrats currently control the Senate, 53-47 — down from 59-41 before the midterms — but they’re defending 23 (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) of the 33 seats up for grabs in November.
While the GOP still has a very good chance of winning control, which they lost in the 2006 midterms, their path to victory might be getting a bit more difficult.
“Democrats are cautiously optimistic. We inherited a difficult map but Republican missteps and strong Democratic campaigns have made a major difference,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director Matt Canter told CNN. “There is still a long way to go but right now the tide is certainly moving in our favor.