After enduring months of a pundit-predicted “red wave” in the midterms, Democrats have started feeling more confident they will be able to hold on to their Senate Majority this fall.
The newfound confidence stems from favorable polling both for the President and Senate candidates as Republican candidates struggle to find their feet in the polling.
Yet, Democrats don’t have much breathing room. Given the Senate is split 50-50, with vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tie-breaker for Democrats, any misstep from the party could cost Democrats the fleeting majority.
However, despite this reality, strategists on both sides of the aisle contend that Democrats have an enormous chance of holding on to their majority during the current election cycle.
Democratic strategist, Jon Reinish, expressed tentative hopes for Democrats, saying, “I wouldn’t suggest taking a victory lap just yet, but slowly but surely, you’re seeing the signs that this may not be so bad after all, at least in the Senate.”
Reinish also nodded to the reality that Dems’ chances look “better than it was a few months ago when it looked like it was going to be a wash.”
A long-time Republican operative shared doubts that the GOP would be able to follow through on a “red wave.”
“We keep talking about this idea of a red wave,” the operative said, before adding, “Unless candidates start getting out there and talking about their agenda, what they’re going to do, I just don’t see the red wave materializing – not like it should.”