Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made the left extremely happy Thursday by seemingly dumping on Trump-backed Republicans, citing “candidate quality” as a factor when asked about the odds of the Senate flipping in the midterms.
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The Kentucky senator and minority leader gave his prediction to reporters while attending the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday afternoon. He enraged conservatives who contended he should know better than to pan his own party, while others saw it as a petty swipe at certain candidates who have been endorsed by Trump just three months before the midterm elections. McConnell sounded more in the Democrats’ camp than the Republicans’ with his statements.
“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate,” he stated. “Senate races are just different, they’re statewide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
“Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate. Either our side up slightly or their side up slightly,” McConnell contended.
Previously, McConnell proclaimed that the November midterms would be “very good” for Republicans, pointing to President Biden’s catastrophic approval ratings. Historically, the party not in power in the White House is expected to control Congress.
MCCONNELL in KY asked for his midterm projections: "I think there's probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different, they're statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome."
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) August 18, 2022
Mitch McConnell is openly sabotaging the midterms. The campaign message GOP candidates should run on is, if elected they will not support McConnell as Majority Leader.
— Coach🇺🇲🍊 (@PECoach75) August 19, 2022
Leftists gleefully seized on McConnell’s words, asserting that Republican Senate candidates will lose because a number of them believe that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump.
Many Republicans firmly believe that the GOP will sweep the midterm elections taking back both the House and Senate in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election where former President Trump is expected to be the nominee. A possible Trump ticket with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as the vice presidential pick is seen as almost unstoppable.
📌BREAKING: Mitch McConnell said there’s “probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate.”
He went on to say, “Senate races are just different, they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
📌He is literally crapping on GOP candidates.
— D. Earl Stephens ✍️ (@EarlOfEnough) August 18, 2022
Republican J.D. Vance holds a 5-point lead over Democratic opponent Tim Ryan in Ohio. Confusingly, Ryan is outdoing Vance in favorability, receiving 54 percent over Vance’s 50 percent, according to a new Emerson College poll.
Other races are being touted as far less optimistic than Ohio’s if you have any faith left in the polls.
Pennsylvania may actually fall to hedonistic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman who is by some estimates 10 to 20 points ahead of Dr. Mehmet Oz. Cook Political Report now claims that the Pennsylvania race has shifted from “toss-up” to “lean Democratic.”
Herschel Walker is also trailing in Georgia, according to FiveThirtyEight’s average of latest polls.
That is not the whole story though despite McConnell’s doom and gloom. The Emerson College poll also found that voters are more likely to support former President Trump following the FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago home.
Republicans are ratcheting up calls for McConnell to be removed as the GOP leader of the Senate. This latest statement will only increase the chance that he will be given the proverbial boot.
Just so you know …
Worthless POS Mitch McConnell is trying to lose the Senate in November.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) August 19, 2022
If Mitch McConnell were a little league coach he'd look at his team and tell them, "I think you're going to lose." Parents would be pissed and demand a different coach. It's time to ditch Mitch.
— HistoryBee1❤️🇺🇸🙏 (@HistoryBee1) August 19, 2022
“We are just beginning to communicate about the deep flaws that their roster of candidates brings to these races,” David Bergstein, the spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told the Washington Examiner. “Their personal and political vulnerabilities are going to continue to be a centerpiece of these Senate campaigns in the months ahead.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is certain of the House flipping in November.
“We’ll win the majority and I’ll be speaker,” McCarthy told Fox News in an interview.
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