Democrats are on the verge of losing the Senate majority in the midterm elections, due to their poor performance in swing states.
Many Republican candidates are improving their chances of election victory in battleground states like Nevada, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
Dems Don’t Want to Associate With Biden
One of the primary reasons for concerns of nationwide Democratic Senate candidates is the nosediving popularity of Joe Biden.
Democrats are so worried about Biden’s poor performance that they are trying to distance themselves from him before the midterms.
For instance, Democratic Senate nominee Cheri Beasley in North Carolina kept on avoiding questions about Biden during the Friday debate with GOP candidate Ted Budd.
In the midterms, the pressure is particularly acute for Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, says @RalstonReports. As Nevada goes, so might go the Democrats’ hold on the Senate. https://t.co/PsN9zo0Bk6
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) October 7, 2022
Even though Biden managed to recover from his historically low approval rating, he is still struggling with approval ratings in the low 40s, which could play a decisive role in the midterm elections.
Furthermore, gas prices, which started to decline recently, are once again going up after the announcement of OPEC+ countries to introduce oil production cuts. These rising gas prices can also hinder Democrats’ chances of winning the Senate.
The approval rating of Biden is more worrisome in battleground states. In the top seven swing states, Biden has an average negative approval rating of 15 percentage points.
For example, the president has an approval rating of 38% in Arizona, 37% in Georgia, 39% in Nevada, 46% in New Hampshire, 35% in Ohio, 40% in Pennsylvania, and 41% in Wisconsin.
America’s midterm elections are widely expected to deliver bad news for the Democrats, who may lose control of the House and, possibly, the Senate. Stay up to date with our coverage here https://t.co/wUiRzCRsIt
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Election strategists claim Biden is avoiding campaigning in battleground states, due to these plummeting ratings.
During the 2022 midterm election cycle, Biden only visited 46 cities and participated in 11 fundraisers for election campaigns. These numbers are considerably lower than the participation of Barack Obama and Donald Trump in the 2010 and 2018 midterm elections.
Some Republicans Also Remain Vulnerable
Biden’s open border policy and his war against domestic oil production in America are also causing trouble for Democratic Senate candidates.
Recently, GOP candidate Blake Masters destroyed his Democratic contender Mark Kelly by mentioning skyrocketing oil and gas prices in America.
According to Masters, Biden increased gas prices from two dollars per gallon to six dollars, which brought unprecedented inflation in the country. Kelly tried to avoid the discussion of gas prices during the debate.
Meanwhile, Republicans in some states are vulnerable to the extent their losses can be a big worry for the GOP. Included in the vulnerable Republican Senate nominees are Herschel Walker of Georgia and Don Bolduc of New Hampshire.
While Walker was giving a tough challenge to his Democratic competitor, Raphael Warnock, recently, reports emerged that Walker forced his former girlfriend to have an abortion, which could stop many conservatives from voting for him in the next month’s elections.
In addition to that, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Rick Scott, refused to pick Bolduc as one of the top five Republican candidates who can win their Senate elections next month.
This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.