We are only two weeks away from Election Day, and while the big race on everybody’s mind is definitely the presidential race, there are many other interesting races going on as well — especially for the Senate.
Currently, the Republican Party has control of the United States Senate with 53 seats to the Democratic Party’s 45 seats (there are two independents). But, this could all change by January of next year.
There are multiple tight races that have really been getting a lot of attention. One is the South Carolina Senate race between incumbent Lindsey Graham (R) and challenger Jaime Harrison (D). In his final quarter of his campaign, Harrison raised a whopping $57 million, according to CBS News.
In fact, Graham acknowledged Harrison’s massive money take in when he started to beg his supporters for more money while on a Fox News segment. Yikes! The last time that South Carolina elected a Democrat as a senator was back in 1998. But, with Harrison’s massive cash inflow and the fact that both he and Graham are neck and neck in some polls, are good signs for Democrats looking to win a senator from the Palmetto State.
In Kentucky, there is another race between incumbent senator Mitch McConnell (R) and challenger Amy McGrath (D), a former marine fighter pilot. McGrath’s campaign, like Harrison’s, has a bigger cash lead over the Republican incumbent McConnell, with her taking in $47 million to McConnell’s $37 million, according to CBS News.
But, McConnell is very popular in Kentucky and has represented them in the Senate since 1985. McGrath’s larger cash sum does prove one thing — Democrats in Kentucky are especially excited to see her take on the incumbent.
There is also a Senate race in Arizona that has been in the news. Former astronaut Mark Kelly (D), who is the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is running against incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R). Currently, Kelly is leading McSally 51% to 41%, according to a CBS News poll.
With these three races heating up and the massive early voting, I definitely would not be surprised if Democrats flip the Senate in 2020. In fact, I would be shocked if they did not.
But there are a few other races where Democrats seem in trouble, such as the Alabama Senate race between incumbent Doug Jones (D) and challenger Tommy Tuberville (R).
However, in order to have the votes needed to break a tie in the Senate, Democrats only need to win three Senate seats if Joe Biden is elected and four seats if Donald Trump is re-elected.
I think that this is attainable for the Democrats with their massive money intake by some candidates and high poll numbers for others. By January, I think we will be seeing a Democratic-controlled Senate.