Top Republicans Break Silence About Senate Control

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) offered his prediction Republicans would flip the Senate after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) declined to comment on which party he believed would control the Senate.

Speaking to Fox News host Jesse Watters on Wednesday (November 9) evening, Graham offered his prediction that a “tidal wave is coming.” The South Carolina Republican pointed to his belief Republican Adam Laxalt would win the Senate seat in Nevada, and Herschel Walker would win his Senate seat in Georgia’s December 6 run-off.

Votes in battleground states Democrats are defending — Arizona and Nevada — are still trickling in. If the parties split victory on these two, the outcome of Georgia’s run-off will determine who controls the Senate.

Earlier on Wednesday, when McConnell was asked by a reporter about how he felt about Republicans’ chances, he replied he doesn’t “deal in feelings,” adding that the votes need to be counted “and then we’ll figure out where we are.”

In Georgia, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock has a slim lead over Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker. Since an outright majority is required in Georgia to win the Senate, it’s widely predicted the two will decide who gets the Senate seat in a December 6 run-off.

Graham noted, “Warnock doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell” if Republicans get behind Walker. The South Carolina Republican added that it was a matter of Walker getting his “message out,” noting that was all it would take to beat an incumbent Senator who has “come up short the first time.”

Graham was also confident Laxalt would flip Nevada. Laxalt leads Democrat Catherine Cortez by two points, with 11 percent of the vote still to be counted.