Hillary Clinton, President Obama now stumping for Democrats to take the Senate

The Clinton campaign is focusing on how to make bigger gains next month

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published October 24, 2016 1:18PM (EDT)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures at supporters during a campaign event at the Taylor Allderdice High School, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pa.  (AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures at supporters during a campaign event at the Taylor Allderdice High School, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (AP)

With Hillary Clinton’s election seeming increasingly likely, Democratic Party leaders are now ramping up their efforts to retake the Senate.

Over the weekend, Clinton called on voters in Pennsylvania and North Carolina to support the Democratic Senate candidates in those states (Katie McGinty and Deborah Ross, respectively) and reject the Republican incumbents, Sen. Patrick Toomey and Sen. Richard M. Burr.

“Unlike her opponent, Deborah has never been afraid to stand up to Donald Trump,” Clinton declared in North Carolina over the weekend, tying Burr to the controversial Trump. “She knows that people of courage and principles need to come together to reject this dangerous and divisive agenda.”

President Obama joined in the attacks. During a campaign stop in Nevada on Sunday, he blasted Republican Senate candidate Rep. Joe Heck for saying that he trusts Trump to have his finger on the nuclear button.

“I understand Joe Heck now wishes he never said those things about Donald Trump, but they’re on tape, they’re on the record,” President Obama said. On Thursday, he had a similar criticism of Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida, asking, “How can you call him a con artist and dangerous and object to all the controversial things he says, and then say, I’m still going to vote for him? Come on, man!”

Polling aggregator Fivethirtyeight.com currently gives the Democrats a 68.3 percent chance of retaking the Senate. “Control of the Senate is coming down to six key states, with Democrats needing to gain four seats to win a majority if Clinton wins the White House,” explains site polling expert Harry Enten. “And in the crucial contests, there has been more movement.”

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012, was a guest on Fox Business in 2019, repeatedly warned of Trump's impending refusal to concede during the 2020 election, spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in 2021, was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022 and appeared on NPR in 2023. His diverse interests are reflected in his interviews including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997-2001), director Jason Reitman ("The Front Runner"), inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, World War II historian Joshua Levine (consultant to "Dunkirk"), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), seismologist John Vidale, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), Fox News host Tucker Carlson, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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