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DALLAS – In the battle for control of the Senate, money matters.
And right now, the Democrats are clearly winning the campaign cash dash.
sen. Florida’s Rick Scott, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), acknowledges that “money is an important issue in any campaign” and that many of the GOP Senate nominees have “been through this cycle of very difficult primaries.”
But Scott predicts that “we will have a Republican Senate by 2023”.
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Scott’s mission in directing the GOP’s re-election arm of the Senate is to regain control of the chamber in the November midterm elections. While Republicans will defend a majority of the seats up for grabs this year — including open seats in a handful of crucial swingstates — Republicans only need a one-seat net gain and see strong pick-up opportunities in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire.
Democrats face historic headwinds as the party that wins the White House and takes control of Congress traditionally faces major setbacks in the House and Senate in the subsequent midterm elections. They also face a very adverse political climate, fueled by record inflation and rising crime, and symbolized by President Biden’s highly negative approval ratings.
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But pointing to the issue of gun violence, following a string of high-profile mass shootings in recent months, and abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, raising the issue of abortion regulations back to the states. Democrats see an energetic electorate that will help them defy the current expectations of political forecasters.
Democrats were further boosted by Tuesday’s resounding victory in Kansas by pro-choice activists — in the first ballot test of legalized abortion since the blockbuster Supreme Court ruling.
Scott noted that in the month and a half since the blockbuster Supreme Court ruling, the issue of abortion has “helped Democrats raise a lot of money.”
He stressed in an interview with TSWT News on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas that “Republicans should be compassionate on this issue, explain where the Democrats are,” which he called “radical.”
And he stressed that Republicans should always make sure you talk about the things people care about. They are really concerned about the economy. They worry about the education of their children. They worry about living in a safe community.”
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The rival Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee notified the NRSC during the April-June second quarter of 2022. The top outsider group campaigning for the election and reelection of Democratic senators has toppled its Republican rival in its latest quarterly fundraising reports. And the fundraising by the four Democratic incumbents heavily targeted by the GOP is staggering, as they have dramatically outnumbered their Republican challengers.
DSCC director Christie Roberts stressed that her party’s campaigns in the Senate “fire on all cylinders”.
And Roberts argued that “pensions, failed recruiting and brutal primaries — coupled with Trump’s endorsement — have left Republicans with a roster of flawed and deeply damaged candidates, while Democrats have strong, battle-tested incumbent officials and challengers.” who are supported by their own unique coalition of voters.”
Scott backed off, claiming that “if you look at the Democrats who opposed, they’re radical Bernie Sanders-esque Democrats.”
And he stressed that “we need to raise our money to tell our story. If we tell our story, I think we’re going to have a great year.” But acknowledged that “the Democrats are raising a lot of money.”
Scott pointed to the main battleground state of Georgia, where incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock – who has a huge fundraising advantage over GOP challenger Herschel Walker has only a slight advantage over the former college and pro football star – Walker has dramatically outperformed so far in the campaign ad wars.
“Herschel is just now putting out his first ad. If he tells his story about where he comes from and what he believes, I think he will do well if he can raise his money,” Scott said.
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Former President Donald Trump is flirting heavily with getting the White House running again, and Republicans are tailing the political wind this cycle. regaining control of the House and Senate.
But Scott told TSWT News that even if Trump announces a 2024 presidential bid before the midterm elections, he still thinks “the election will be about the Biden agenda.”