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DALLAS – Money is a key factor in the fight for control of Senate.
Right now, Democrats seem to be winning the campaign cash race.
Florida senator Rick Scott, who is the chair of National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), acknowledged that money was a major issue in any campaign and that many GOP Senate nominees this cycle had “gone through very difficult primaries.”
But Scott predicts “we’ll have a Republican Senate” in 2023.
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Scott’s mission in steering the Senate GOP’s re-election arm is to win back control of the chamber in November’s midterm elections. While defending a majority of the seats up for grabs this year – including open seats in a handful of crucial swing states – Republicans only need a one-seat net gain and see strong pickup opportunities in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire.
Democrats face historical headwinds, as the party that wins the White House and control of Congress traditionally suffers major setbacks in the House and Senate in the ensuing midterm elections. They’re also up against a very unfavorable political climate, fueled by record inflation and soaring crime, and symbolized by President Biden’s deeply negative approval ratings.
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But pointing to the issues of gun violence, following a slate of high-profile mass shootings in recent months, and abortion in the wake of the move by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which sent the issue of abortion regulation back to the states. Democrats expect a energized electorate to help them challenge the expectations of political forecasters.
Democrats were further energized by Tuesday’s resounding victory in Kansas by pro-choice activists – in the first ballot box test of legalized abortion since the blockbuster high court ruling.
Scott noted that the issue of abortion, in the month and a half since the Supreme Court’s blockbuster ruling, has “helped the Democrats raise a lot of money.”
In an interview with Fox News, he stated that Republicans must be compassionate and explain to the Democrats where they are at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas (CPAC). He also said that he believes the CPAC was “radical.”
He also stressed that Republicans should “always be talking about the things people care about.” They are concerned about the economy. They’re worried about their kids’ education. They are concerned about their safety.
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During the April-June 2nd quarter 2022 fundraising, the NRSC was outraised by the rival Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The most prominent outside group that works to elect or re-elect Democratic senators dominated the fundraising quarterly reports. And the fundraising by the four Democratic incumbents who’ve been heavily targeted by the GOP has been staggering, as they’ve dramatically outpaced their Republican challengers.
DSCC executive director Christie Roberts emphasized that her party’s Senate campaigns “are firing on all cylinders.”
And Roberts argued that “retirements, recruitment failures and vicious primaries – coupled with Trump’s endorsements – have left Republicans with a roster of flawed and deeply damaged candidates, while Democrats are running strong, battle-tested incumbents and challengers who are backed by their own unique coalition of voters.”
Pushing back, Scott claimed that “if you look at the Democrats that were running against, they’re radical Bernie Sanders type Democrats.”
He also stressed that it was necessary to raise money to tell his story. I believe we will have a great Year if we tell the story. Recognized that the Democrats raise a lot of funds.
Scott pointed the key battleground state of Georgia, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock – who enjoys a massive fundraising advantage over GOP challenger Herschel Walker but holds a narrow advantage over the former college and pro-football star – has dramatically outspent Walker to date in the campaign ad wars.
“Herschel is now just getting his first ad up. Scott stated that he thinks Herschel will succeed if he can tell his story about his origins and his beliefs.
Former President Donald Trump’s heavily flirting with making another White House run, and Republicans have the political winds at their backs this cycle, there are plenty of people in the GOP concerned that a potential Trump 2024 announcement before November could negatively impact the Republicans’ chances of regaining control of the House and Senate.
Scott said to Fox News that even Trump’s announcement of a 2024 presidential run before the midterms, he still believes “the election will be about Biden agenda.”
Source: Fox News