McConnell confesses GOP candidates are overwhelmed as Election Day approaches
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) admitted many Republican electoral candidates, including lawmakers facing re-election, are financially overwhelmed as the fight uphill campaign battles due to all that has transpired over the last week surrounding President Donald Trump.
As Trump continues with his damaging rhetoric and reckless behavior, he is not only endangering his own chances of re-election but also the re-elections of his Senate Republican colleagues which jeopardizes them maintaining control of the Senate floor. Many Republican candidates are now faced with financial concerns as they try to push back and stabilize their campaigns.
According to a report published by The New York Times, details about McConnell's recent conversation during a conference call shed light on his concerns about Senate candidates. According to McConnell, Republicans, many of whom are being outraised by their Democratic opponents, are "financially overwhelmed."
"On Thursday, in a conference call with a group of lobbyists, Mr. McConnell vented that the party's Senate candidates are being financially overwhelmed because of small-dollar contributions to ActBlue, the online liberal fund-raising hub."
The reports about McConnell's concerns come less than two weeks after top-ranking Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) admitted that he was overwhelmed due to accelerated support for his Democratic opponent Jamie Harrison. During a Fox News interview, Graham, also chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appealed to the network's viewers to donate to his re-election campaign.
"I'm getting overwhelmed," Graham said to conservative Fox talk-show host Sean Hannity. "LindseyGraham.com. Help me. They're killing me, money-wise. Help me. You helped me last week — help me again. LindseyGraham.com."
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Although South Carolina is typically a conservative state, Harrison turned heads less than a month ago when he defied fundraising odds, raising more than $1 million for two consecutive days in a row. The surge in donations brought Harrison's fundraising amount to more than $30 million, according to Politico.
Over the last two weeks, there has also been a significant shift in the presidential race. Following Trump's disastrous first presidential debate he and Republican lawmakers torpedoed in the polls. Republicans also found themselves at the center of controversy with Trump testing positive for COVID, in addition to the massive White House outbreak that led to more than 30 officials and aides also testing positive.
The odds are stacking against Republicans as Election Day approaches.