Democrats' may have a glimmer of optimism ahead of midterm elections: Trump's dark cloud
The preliminary Senate maps appear to suggest Democratic senators may have a slight glimmer of optimism ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Although the Georgia Senate runoff is now in the past, some remnants of the issues Republicans faced then are still issues now. The New York Times laid out a number of Republican weaknesses Democrats can seize on.
With four Senate Democratic incumbents facing re-election in swing states — New Hampshire, Nevada, Arizona, and Georgia — in the 2022 primary, Republican candidates are hoping to take advantage of the moment. However, they face a number of hurdles in doing so.
According to the publication, former President Donald Trump's influence is still casting a dark shadow over the Republican Party. In fact, his influence is still so dominant that many political candidates are facing difficulty in determining how closely they should align with the former president's rhetoric and belief systems. Even though Trump no longer has a social media presence, he has still managed to have a solid influence on the political party often interacting with his loyal base by way of rallies
Democratic senators in some red states also appear to be ahead financially as well.
Per The Times:
"Swing-state Democratic incumbents, like Senators Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Mark Kelly of Arizona, restocked their war chests with multimillion-dollar sums ($7.2 million and $6 million, respectively), according to new financial filings this week. That gives them an early financial head start in two key states where Republicans' disagreements over former President Donald J. Trump's refusal to accept his loss in 2020 are threatening to distract and fracture the party."
Another area of concern for Republican lawmakers is having viable candidates. Out of all four swing states up for grabs in 2020, Republicans do not have one dominant candidate in any of them. So can Republicans pull off a win in the upcoming primary? According to Republican strategist Alex Conant, there are a few reasons why Republicans may face hurdles on the campaign trail.
"The only way we win these races is with top-notch candidates," said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist who used to work on Senate races. "Are Republicans able to recruit top-notch candidates in the Trump era?"
The answer to Conant's question has yet to be determined.
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