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Five Democrats the GOP is Targeting To Win Back the Senate

AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

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Following a disastrous two years under Democrat rule, Republicans appear to be in a prime position to retake majority control of the House of Representatives this November. Over in the Senate, however, things remain less certain about Republican chances to do the same, even if the GOP still has good reason to be optimistic based on historical trends and public polling data.

In total, 34 Senators are up for reelection this term. 20 are Republicans, while 14 are Democrats. In order to retake the Senate, Republicans will have to win at least one seat currently held by a Democrat – assuming they can hold all 20 of their own seats, no easy task even in what looks to be a good year for the GOP. While 17 of the Republican seats up this year seem at this point to be safe holds, the GOP will face tough races in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, where Pat Toomey and Richard Burr are both retiring, and in Wisconsin, a purple state where incumbent Ron Johnson has become a favorite target of the left.

Democrats, while defending fewer seats overall in 2022, have more vulnerable incumbents, and are running under a Democrat brand that has become quite unpopular thanks to a host of radical policies that have wreaked havoc on American life. Here are five Senate seats currently held by Democrats that Republicans hope to flip this fall.

Georgia – Raphael Warnock

Republicans are particularly eager to win back Warnock’s seat after what transpired in Georgia in 2020. Incumbent Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp following Senator Johnny Isakson’s retirement in 2019 due to health reasons, was running in a special election to finish out the remainder of Isakson’s term. However, after neither she nor Warnock gained 51% of the vote in the November election, the two-faced off in a runoff election in January of 2021. Warnock defeated Loeffler by 2 percentage points. When Republican David Perdue lost to Jon Ossoff in another runoff for Georgia’s other Senate seat, Democrats gained an effective majority in the chamber.

Now, Warnock is up for reelection just two years later, this time for a full 6-year term. However, voters may not take too kindly to Warnock’s extreme positions on a number of issues, most notably his outspoken support for Democrats’ repeated attempts at a federal takeover of elections that would have eliminated numerous election integrity measures like Voter ID and instituted universal mail-in voting and ballot harvesting.

Leading the field to unseat Warnock is former University of Georgia and NFL football star Herschel Walker, who has earned the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Walker enjoys celebrity status in his home state and has excellent name recognition, particularly for a first-time candidate. Also running on the Republican side are state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and former Navy SEAL and Trump White House appointee Latham Saddler.

Nevada – Catherine Cortez Masto

After a three-point victory in 2016, Masto is running for her second term in 2022. Since taking office, Masto has taken a number of extreme positions on issues like immigration, abortion, and climate change, which could leave her out of favor with many voters in Nevada, which typically votes Democratic but has grown more Republican since the election of Donald Trump in 2016.

Leading the field to unseat Masto is former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who has earned the endorsement of both former President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Laxalt is hoping to capitalize on the GOP’s inroads with Hispanics in 2016 and 2020, as well as Nevada’s large population of working-class voters.  

New Hampshire – Maggie Hassan

While most mainstream outlets have largely ignored this race, Hassan may be one of the most vulnerable Democrat incumbents this fall. An October poll from the University of New Hampshire found that just 33% of New Hampshire residents have a favorable opinion of Hassan, while 51% viewed her unfavorably. Moreover, just 28% of Granite Staters say the U.S. is “heading in the right direction” – something that is no doubt tied to Hassan’s support for radical Democrat policies in the Senate like an elections bill that would have threatened New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary status.

However, Republicans have thus far failed to capitalize on Hassan’s apparent weak position, with no candidate rising to the top of the pool of potential challengers. The two most high-profile Republicans in the state, Governor Chris Sununu and former Senator Kelly Ayotte (who lost to Hassan by 0.1 percentage points in 2016), both announced that they would not run. Don Bolduc, a former Army Brigadier General, appears to be leading the field, but currently lags significantly behind Hassan in fundraising efforts.

Arizona – Mark Kelly

Kelly first won his Senate seat by ousting former Representative Martha McSally, who was appointed to replace the late John McCain. Now, Kelly is running for a full 6-year term. He is a skilled fundraiser and has amassed an impressive war chest heading into the election. However, Arizona has been particularly hard hit by Democrats’ open border policies. Kelly also has a far more liberal record than his more moderate counterpart, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, something that does not bode well for Kelly in a year where Democratic extremism is on the ballot.

The field of challengers to take on Kelly is a crowded one, and with a late primary on August 2, a frontrunner may not become clear for some time. The two most likely candidates appear to be Attorney General Mark Brnovich and venture capitalist Blake Masters, who has the backing of Peter Thiel, a prominent conservative donor with close ties to former President Donald Trump. Although Trump has not yet endorsed a candidate, his approval will likely go a long way toward determining who the eventual nominee will be.

Colorado – Michael Bennet

Bennet will be running for a third term in 2022 in a state that has become more and more Democratic in recent years. Unsurprisingly, most pundits expect Bennet to keep his seat.

However, Colorado has also seen its share of problems related to illegal immigration, and spiraling inflation has hit the Centennial State especially hard. Should the border crisis continue to escalate, and the economy continue to worsen, a Republican with the right messaging may just have a shot to send Bennet packing this November.

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By most estimations, Republicans almost assure themselves control of the Senate by winning three or more of these races. Winning just one or two and securing a majority is still possible, but will require an exceptionally strong showing from GOP incumbents.

However, both protecting Republican incumbents and effectively attacking vulnerable Democrats can be accomplished in largely the same way – by emphasizing Democrats’ radical policies. Unlike Republican challengers, incumbent Democrats have a voting record that they must run on, and it is one that likely does not sit well with most Americans. While all Democrats may be vulnerable on different issues, they are all complicit in supporting the progressive agenda that has been pushed by Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer all throughout this Congress.

A similar strategy helped Republicans hold every GOP seat and flip 12 Democratic seats in 1980, handing Republicans control of the chamber for the first time since 1955. In that election, voter backlash to the deeply unpopular Jimmy Carter, largely over economic concerns – not so dissimilar from what Joe Biden is facing today – swept Ronald Reagan and a Republican Senate into power. While Republicans will have to wait another two years for a chance at the White House, they can capitalize on the same sort of frustration with Democrats’ failed policies this year, and perhaps stave off complete disaster by placing a much-needed check on Biden’s radical ambitions.


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Jerry
5 months ago

Warnock’s name should be Warlock, he’s a male witch.

Dan W.
5 months ago
Reply to  Jerry

If that’s the best argument we can make against Warnock, he’s going to have six more years in the senate for us to come up with something a bit more persuasive.

LW Nevada
5 months ago

Nevada: Adam Laxalt (R) will lose ugly to Senator Cortez-Masto (D). Laxalt lost in the last Governor’s race, even though he served as Nevada Attorney General. Nevadans simply don’t like Laxalt, he is running on his father’s name. Trump’s endorsement won’t help. Laxalt talks at people and not to them – among other things. My vote in the Primary goes to Sam Brown (R) featured on Hannity in 2021. If Laxalt wins the Primary – he may not, Laxalt never gets my vote. Nevada should be able to flip the Governor’s office from Steve Sisolak “Sissy” (JackAss) to Sheriff Joe Lombardo (R).

jake the snake
5 months ago

they shoudl be targeting every single democrat seat the democrat has announced retirement from.

johnh
5 months ago

The blue party is doing everything possible to make them look bad, but the Red party is not doing themselves any good by turning a blind eye to Jan 6th riots & to top it off Trump has indicated that he might pardon all 700 of rioters arrested if he is elected in 2024. This is not an act or a party that is supporting our police departments. And GOP has rebuked a couple of their own party if they do not go along with who ?

Judy K.
5 months ago

If decorum and values become lax like they have in this country, everything else that matters dribbles slowly down the drain. Uniformity went by the wayside back when I was a kid. Open campus for schools should have never happened, in my opinion. I, myself was proof of that. I skipped school like many others did. Our education system stopped teaching the basics in the 70’s, when I was a Sophomore in High School. I really was a poor student, and suffering in my younger years with Athsma didn’t help. They still taught important history back in the 60’s, but with the Vietnam War going on and the War Protests happening, they began focusing on the reasons behind the protests.
‘Our Civil Rights’ were still very important then, it’s just in these last four years it seems they’ve taken a turn. Instead of the Civil Liberties of everyone, a version to single out certain in our society who felt that ‘life choices’ were being discriminated against was what was being taught in our schools, and which was also advocated by the ACLU. I believe all the hate rhetoric for White Americans and the Police started with Obama and his campaign against what our country has stood for. Racism is about ignorance, and there’s plenty of ignorance to go around in this country. Although the Democrats count on the ignorance of our youth to push the race card for their hate agenda against Conservative Americans.
Because of our Socialist based education for the last forty years or so, our youth don’t have knowledge of our true history and which Party was embedded in racism, and also the reason behind changing the teaching of factual history and the history books used in the schools. The schools have directed our youth away from their parents and grandparents generation of knowledge.
At least fifteen years ago I began seeing what was really happening with the education of our kids as far as social issues. Cramming all the LGBTQXYZ acceptance garbage on them. Noticeably their education wasn’t about learning the basics anymore. The Democrats Socialist agenda was going full steam ahead. Now kids don’t have a knowledge of Civics or political history that matters. How do you even begin to reteach brainwashed kids what they really need to know. There’s got to be a way to draw them in somehow.
We need our youth to know about our country’s and other countries history so they’ll have the political understanding of how to vote, not just voting pertaining to life choice issues.
As far as our elections are concerned, we now need to pray there’ll be enough people with Conservative values and backbone to recognize what’s going to happen if election integrity is out the window. American’s are numbed by what is taking place in this country right now.
When I close my eyes and think about that, I envision hundreds of people just standing with perplexity on their faces with their mouths wide open in disbelief. It’s difficult to come to terms with what is happening! We can’t envision this country as a leader of nations any longer. I just pray God in His great mercy will help us fix this….FOR GOOD!!

Becky
5 months ago

Why just 5? Get the braindead Commie out of NY gone! Many, many Communists should not be in government at all. Clean out the demonRat Party of Communists.
Then evict the useless McConnell.

Philip Hammersley
5 months ago

We had a chance to beat Bennet 12 years ago but RINO McConnell wouldn’t send the GOP CONSERVATIVE candidate any $$$$. He wants people who will kiss his ***.

Steven H
5 months ago

Bennet is a joke. He’s done nothing to better Colorado and doesn’t care about his constituents. I sent an email to Mr. Bennet and Mr. Hickenlooper that I am praying for them. This is Michael Bennet’s response.

Thank you for your message.

My staff and I look forward to reading more about your ideas. We’ll keep your thoughts in mind as we review relevant legislation and further consider this issue.

Keeping in touch is important to me. The best ideas come from people in Colorado, not from politicians in Washington. That’s why it’s critical for us to hear your opinions on ways to build a better future for Colorado and the country.

To stay up-to-date on the work we’re doing, please visit our website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks again for contacting me.

Sincerely,
Michael F. Bennet
United States Senator

This just goes to show that some of them don’t pay attention to what their constituents are sending them. While I wasn’t expecting a personal response, I was hoping for something different than his standard form response. Senator Hickenlooper didn’t even bother to respond, which is no surprise.

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  Steven H

In 99.9 percent of the cases, the letters and e-mails you write to any politician at the state or federal level are being answered, if you even want to consider an automated form letter an answer, by some low-ranking member of their campaign or administrative staff. The only letters and e-mails ever bought to the personal attention of the actual politicians themselves, or get replied to with a real response letter, come with a substantial campaign donation check included or the person writing / e-mailing is some sort of celebrity. Everyone else gets the type of form letter you’ve provided here.

Lee S McQuillen
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

That’s obvious – the politician written doesn’t have time to read most of this constituent correspondence. BUT, his office staff should be smart enough to respond with the proper form letter discussing the issue brought up by the constituent! Tells me that the politician hires people who think like him completely – total disregard and respect for constituent.

Becky
5 months ago
Reply to  Steven H

Huh. My MI people send much the same. They must all hire the same ‘say nothing’, generic company….

Arlene
5 months ago
Reply to  Becky

Same in AZ. Generic letter first. Sometimes get a real response that refers to the issue but doesn’t really address my concern.

Lee S McQuillen
5 months ago
Reply to  Steven H

Senator Casey in PA is the same way. Many time the response doesn’t even come close to the issue discussed in my correspondence.

PFArizona
5 months ago

And in Arizona let’s not forget Mick McGuire: for nearly eight years (2013–2021), Major General McGuire, USAF (Ret.) served as the Adjutant General (TAG) of the Arizona National Guard. We are fortunate to have some very qualified Republican candidates running for U.S. Senate in Arizona. Mark Kelly has done nothing to secure our Border or our voting integrity laws. AZ is over him!

Arlene
5 months ago
Reply to  PFArizona

The only reason Mark Kelley is in office is because of who he is married to and he was an astronaut.

Barb304
5 months ago

My prayer for this election is to get truthful, patriotic people in these offices who will say NO to the Biden administration and PUT AMERICA FIRST

Ron Howard
5 months ago
Reply to  Barb304

Amen!

Becky
5 months ago
Reply to  Barb304

YES!

rvgrandma
5 months ago

Majority of the state of Washington land wise wants to get rid of Patty Murray. BUT – the liberals of Puget Sound area controls who wins because they have the most voters.

Stephan
5 months ago

Blake Masters in Arizona is bought and paid for by Peter Thiel. So much so that the local news was calling Masters “Blake Thiel.” He won’t go far.
Mark Brnovich is the only candidate with real experience. As our attorney general he’s argued and won at SCOTUS several times. He’s solid conservative.
Jim Lamon is; However, making headway with a very aggressive campaign.
It’ll come down to one of the latter.

J. Farley
5 months ago

Here’s a News Flash, Michael Bennet, in Colorado is a Socialist bag of hot air, but that can be said for all the Democrats in Colorado

Jeff Lynn
5 months ago

The only way to win back the Senate is to put up solid and viable candidates.
Too often our candidates are weak. Even if they win a seat, they don’t have the fortitude to fight the RINOs.
Every candidate running for Senate should declare they will vote to oust McConnell as leader. Otherwise a GOP controlled Senate is just part of the UNIparty.

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Lynn

Very good point.

Philip Hammersley
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Lynn

AMEN!!!

Luke
5 months ago

Just curious. . . How many readers still trust the electoral system? How many of us actually believe that American elections are a fair representation of the taxpaying voter?

Not me.

Felix
5 months ago
Reply to  Luke

Whether you trust the electoral system, or not, (for which I have a problem), however, not voting is a vote. I believe that all the Republicans in Georgia, who refused to vote because of distrust in the electoral system gave the Democrats the majority in the Senate!

M.T.
5 months ago
Reply to  Felix

That AND the dishonest shameful counting of fraudulent ballots!!

anna hubert
5 months ago
Reply to  Luke

not too many but look across the floor it looks like a blooming nursing home we don’ have young warriors our manhood was sold out for a bowl of gruel long ago now what?

Becky
5 months ago
Reply to  anna hubert

Choose better. Become vocal.

Sharon Ormsby
5 months ago
Reply to  Luke

Without the electoral system we are left at the mercy of California and New York. Of course I trust that OVER the popular vote any time!

M.T.
5 months ago
Reply to  Luke

Still – we MUST VOTE!!! We cannot give up!!!

johnh
5 months ago
Reply to  M.T.

I agree, I think that our votes do count in every election.

Adonis
5 months ago

If McConnell remains Senate leader it is not going to matter. He is not much different than Democrats.

M.T.
5 months ago
Reply to  Adonis

He’s gone when his term is up. Can’t happen soon enough!

Walt
5 months ago
Reply to  Adonis

So true…..McConnell is just another millionaire building his very rich fortune…..if anyone thinks he is interested in the American people let alone his constituents is living in lala land…….his in-laws gave him and his wife a five million dollar gift not long ago….his wife fed at the public trough for many many years also…….they both will retire at a nice fat government pension

johnh
5 months ago
Reply to  Adonis

Wow, that is quite a statement & liked by a lot of people on this board. Says a lot about GOP

Art
5 months ago

If the GOP is going to “target” these folks, make sure they should not rely on the same old playbook. Hammer them with their compliance with the incompetency of the current administrations failed programs. In several instances the “Rs” are up against major war chests and incumbency without a definitive heavy duty candidate. Walker seems to have some leverage over Warnock. This whole article appears to a bit wishy washy. THE RACES HAVEN’T GOTTEN OUT THE BLOCKS YET ON A WIDE BASIS. OPINIONS LIKE NOSTRILS. EVERYONE HAS TWO.

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  Art

Well said Art. Yes, wishy-washy is a good assessment of the article.

Republicans in these states and across the entire country need a much more focused and concise plan than the old, weak standard fare the Republican establishment seems wedded to. Time is NOT a luxury we can afford to waste on repeating the same old trope of “The party in the minority usually picks up seats in the midterms.” That is both lazy and ineffective campaigning. The Republican candidates need to deal in specifics to show the potential voters where the Democrats have failed and then how, if elected, the Republican candidate would do things differently and hopefully better. So far, that is NOT happening. Which is why Gingrich has been brought in to hopefully fashion something specific like the old Contract with America approach. Real deliverables with real specifics.

Walt
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Neither party are concerned with “Joe paycheck” on Main Street like myself…..I was a Republican most of my adult life…….I am now an independent……..I am very disappointed with most politicians….I am convinced politicians will be the downfall of this great land

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  Walt

I have zero use for most career politicians of either party, as their chief concern is ensuring they do nothing to endanger their prospects for being re-elected over and over again. I’ve met enough of these types over the years to be able to see through them in less than 5 minutes. They’re in it for themselves, NOT the people they claim to care about. All of which translates into them doing little to nothing at all once the election is over and they safely back in elected office. This is a far cry from what most people want from someone supposedly representing them in Washington, D.C.. At least I hope so. Which is why our Founding Fathers never envisioned the need nor want for a professional, political class in this country. We have such a class, only because most people have been too lazy for too long to keep track of those politicians that produce positive results and those that do not and then replace the deadwood with someone better.

I’m not a Republican either by the way. I’m a constitutional conservative that believes in fiscal responsibility and the smallest federal government possible. Talk about being born in the wrong century. Government, under the best of circumstances, is a necessary evil, but we should not be expecting government to solve all our problems or make all our decisions for us. Talk about being an extremely small segment of the voting public today huh? I support and vote for the candidates that best adhere to those principles, which sadly are very few and far between these days.

Becky
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

That post deserves a fireworks celebration. I fully agree.

Becky
5 months ago
Reply to  Walt

You are correct. They’ve already destroyed it.

Becky
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Very well said on your part, too.

Dan W.
5 months ago
Reply to  Art

Somewhat concerned about the Walker candidacy.

I hope that he doesn’t use his name recognition as an excuse not fully engage in the primary process. We don’t want this senate seat to slip through our fingers again because we nominated another feckless candidate.

Spade David
5 months ago

The GOP should target every single senate or representative race (where a Democrat holds office) through aggressive campaigning in the upcoming election. Remember: These are the Marxist Democrats that wanted to wreak havoc in America. Those people must be defeated along with the Rhinos in Congress. Focus on quality conservative candidates must be paramount this fall.

Walt
5 months ago
Reply to  Spade David

Well said Spade

Becky
5 months ago
Reply to  Spade David

That is exactly what the GOP needs to do. And anyone who is too lazy or incompetent to do that needs ousted.

Stephen Russell
5 months ago

Hooray take them down Bravo

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