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Republicans fearful of losing control of the Senate, once considered "unthinkable"

Polling continues to strike fear in the hearts of Republican operatives



Martin Cizmar
September 13, 2018 8:00AM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story
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With the November election just a few weeks away, polling continues to strike fear in the hearts of Republican operatives.

Now, party officials are even fearful that they may lose control of the U.S. Senate, a prospect the Washington Post called “unthinkable” up until now. “Shipwreck” is the word used by a party operative talking to the Post.

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Senate seats are up for election every six years and this year’s map features Democrats defending states where Trump won, sometimes by large margins. In West Virginia, a poor and heavily white state which Donald Trump won by 40 points, Democrat Joe Manchin seemed like a sure pick-up for the GOP. The Post says the party was talking “assuredly” about picking up the seat until recently.

“But less than two months till the Nov. 6 election, Republicans barely mention Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — states Trump won — as opportunities to knock out a Democrat, while McConnell reiterated that nine seats, plus Texas, were at stake,” the Post reports.

Instead, they’re increasingly focused on Texas where the Trump administration fears “unlikable” Sen. Tex Cruz, R-Texas, is in danger of falling to upstart Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

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Trump’s own polling numbers have recently dropped, falling six points in several estimates, one of the steepest drops the unpopular president has had during his reign.

If Republicans don’t have a majority in the Senate they will have almost no recourse in stopping laws from making their way from the House to the Senate, as the filibuster that used to force a 60-vote supermajority on the most important matters has been all-but eliminated in recent years.


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