Much of the speculation about the Democrats’ future after the 2022 midterm elections has focused on who will control the House of Representatives. But what about the Senate? While Republicans’ chances of retaking the upper chamber aren’t quite as favorable as their prospects for winning the House, at least one new development suggests that the GOP might actually control both chambers of Congress starting in 2023.
Cook Political Report Not Looking Good for Senate Democrats
The Cook Political Report recently moved three Senate seats toward Republicans and has labeled them as toss-ups in the ratings it published Nov. 19. Amid President Joe Biden’s plummeting approval ratings, this is a significant indicator about how the upcoming elections might shape up. Axios reported:
“The 2022 Senate races in Arizona, Georgia and Nevada previously leaned toward Democrats before Cook switched them to toss-up races … citing Biden’s sinking approval ratings and rising inflation and economic concerns.”
Cook Political Report’s Senate and governors editor Jessica Taylor wrote: “All three seats are currently held by Democratic incumbents: Sens. Mark Kelly in Arizona, Raphael Warnock in Georgia and Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada.”
Axios also noted that “the overall map slightly favors Democrats, as they’re defending 14 seats compared to the 20 seats that Republicans have up in 2022.”
What Does the Crystal Ball Say?
Given these results, it is not beyond the realm of imagination to speculat...