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DALLAS- In the battle for control of the Senate, money matters.
And right now, Democrats are clearly winning the campaign cash dash.
Senator Rick Scott of Florida, Chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC), acknowledges that “money is a big issue in any campaign” and that many GOP Senate candidates this cycle “have been through very tough primaries. “.
But Scott predicts “we will have a Republican Senate” in 2023.
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Scott’s mission as leader of the Senate GOP re-election arm is to regain control of the chamber in November’s midterm elections. While defending the majority of seats up for grabs this year — including open seats in a handful of crucial swing states — Republicans only need a one-seat net gain and see strong pickup opportunities in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire.
Democrats face historic headwinds as the party that wins the White House and control of Congress traditionally suffers major setbacks in the House and Senate in the ensuing midterm elections. They also face a very unfavorable political climate, fueled by record inflation and soaring crime, and symbolized by President Biden’s deeply negative approval ratings.
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But highlighting the issues of gun violence, following a series of high-profile mass shootings in recent months, and abortion following the Supreme Court’s conservative majority decision to overturn the landmark case Roe v. Wade, who sent the issue of abortion regulation to the United States. Democrats see an energized electorate that will help them defy the current expectations of political forecasters.
Democrats were further energized by Tuesday’s resounding victory in Kansas by pro-choice activists – in the first ballot box test on legalized abortion since the blockbuster High Court ruling.
Scott noted that the abortion issue, in the month and a half since the Supreme Court’s blockbuster ruling, has “helped Democrats raise a lot of money.”
He pointed out in an interview with Fox News Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, that “Republicans need to be compassionate about this issue, explain where the Democrats are,” that he accused of “being radical”.
And he pointed out that Republicans “always have to make sure you’re talking about the things that people care about. They’re really worried about the economy. They’re worried about their kids’ education. They’re worried about live in a safe community.”
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The rival Democratic Senate campaign committee lifted the NRSC during the second quarter fundraiser from April to June 2022. The main outside group that works to elect and re-elect Democratic senators beat its Republican rival in the latest quarterly fundraising reports. And the fundraising by the four Democratic incumbents who have been heavily targeted by the GOP has been staggering, as they significantly outpaced their Republican challengers.
DSCC executive director Christie Roberts said her party’s senatorial campaigns are “firing full throttle.”
And Roberts argued that “retirements, recruiting failures and vicious primaries — coupled with Trump endorsements — have left Republicans with a flawed and deeply damaged slate of candidates, while Democrats lead incumbents and strong and proven challengers who are backed by their own coalition of voters”.
Pushing back, Scott claimed that “if you look at the Democrats who were running against it, they’re Bernie Sanders-type radical Democrats.”
And he pointed out that “we need to raise money to tell our story. If we tell our story, I think we’re going to have a great year.” But acknowledged “the Democrats are raising a lot of money”.
Scott pointed to the key battleground state of Georgia, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock — who enjoys a huge fundraising advantage over GOP challenger Herschel Walker but holds a narrow advantage over the he former college and pro football star — has significantly outpaced Walker in the campaign ad wars so far.
“Herschel just released his first ad. When he tells his story about his background and his beliefs, I think he’ll do well if he can raise his funds,” Scott said.
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Former President Donald Trump is flirting heavily with another run for the White House, and Republicans have the political winds at their back this cycle, there are plenty in the GOP who fear that a potential Trump 2024 announcement before November could negatively impact Republicans’ chances of regaining control of the House and Senate.
But Scott told Fox News that even if Trump announces a 2024 presidential bid before the midterm, he still thinks “the election will be on Biden’s agenda.”