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Seven Key Races To Watch That Could Decide The Senate Majority

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With just over 2 months to go before the fate of America is decided, Democrats and Republicans are lacing up for an intense final stretch to the November midterm elections.

With America in absolute ruins, since Joe Biden took over from his American first predecessor, Republicans are excepted to turn out in record-breaking numbers to disrupt the 50-50 Kamala Harris one-woman majority Senate.

The Democrat-controlled White House has run rampant with a number of unconstitutional legislative policies since all three branches of the government have been flipped blue, and the Democrats, from what they say, have more tasks to tick off their agenda.

In order to stop the progressive radicals dead in their tracks, Republicans need to at the very least take the Senate in November, but it’s going to come down to a handful of key battleground states in order to get the job done.

These are the seven Senate races that could decide the majority in the upper chamber:

Pennsylvania

Democrats view the Pennsylvania Senate race as one of their best pickup opportunities in the upper chamber. Republican celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz will be facing off against Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) for the seat being vacated by Senator Pat Toomey (R).

Oz, who was endorsed by former President Trump, won the Republican nomination by just 1,000 votes over former hedge fund CEO David McCormick. Fetterman, who is considered a progressive, easily beat out centrist Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) for his party’s nomination.

Republicans seem to be having their own internal battle of RINOs vs. Trump Candidates, hence the reason many GOP primary races were close calls. When push comes to shove, however, I fully anticipate that Republicans will overwhelmingly support their party’s candidate in order to avoid the same mistake that was made when many abandoned their party during the last Presidential election to vote for Joe Biden.

Fetterman suffered a stroke in May, days before the primary, which kept him off the campaign trail for about three months. He has recently returned and is off to a slow start due to his post-stroke symptoms. He claims he is well enough to carry on, but Pennsylvania is already growing increasingly concerned over the fact that he can’t even get through a 1-hour debate with Dr. Oz, let alone represent them at the national level. Fetterman recently declined an opportunity to debate Oz.

Fetterman holds currently holds a sizeable lead over Oz in FiveThirtyEight’s average of polls, 48.3 percent to 40.2 percent.

Ohio

Rep. Tim Ryan (D) is going head-to-head against author and venture capitalist J.D. Vance to replace Sen. Rob Portman (R), who opted not to run for another term.

Vance, who was also endorsed by former President Donald Trump, bested a crowded field of GOP candidates to win his party’s nomination, while Ryan easily won his party’s ticket.

Ryan, who does not want to appear as a radical progressive candidate has distanced himself from Joe Biden while on the campaign trail. He considers himself to be a moderate, and previously said he “agreed with Trump on trade.”

The 10-year Democrat Congressman, who has significantly outraised Vance, raking in $9.1 million in the second quarter compared to Vance’s $2.3 million, only leads Trump-backed Vance at the polls by a razor-thin margin. FiveThirtyEight’s average of polls, has Ryan leading 45.2 percent to 44.6 percent.

Last month, the Senate Leadership Fund — a PAC aligned with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — funneled $28 million into Ohio for TV and radio ads bolstering Vance.

Georgia

After flipping the state Blue in a special election runoff last year which ultimately derailed America and gave power back to the Democrats, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is back on the ballot with hopes of winning a full term in Congress.

It won’t be easy going up against the former great college football Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, and polls are already confirming that this race is going to be a real nail bitter between the two.

Walker is backed by Trump and Mitch McConnell and has high name recognition in the state.

Although Warnock has proven to be a prolific fundraiser, racking up more than $17.2 million in the second quarter of this year compared to Walker’s $6.2 million in the same time period, Warnock only holds a slight edge over Walker, 46.7 percent to 45 percent.

Arizona

Republican venture capitalist Blake Masters is going up against Sen. Mark Kelly (D), who won a special election in 2020 and is now hoping to win a full term.

Kelly, who is also steering clear from Biden and the progressive Democrats has worked hard to present himself as a moderate.

Masters, Trump-endorsed and backed by Republican megadonor Peter Thiel, isn’t at all ashamed to say that he would have objected to the results of the 2020 presidential election, therefore proving to his party where his loyalty lays heading into the midterms and making it clear where he stands on election integrity.

Kelly has maintained a lead over Masters, according to FiveThirtyEight’s average of polls. He is currently ahead of his GOP challenger, 50.2 percent to 42.4 percent.

Nevada

Nevada isn’t looking good for Democrats, with former Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) mounting a bid against Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D).

While Cortez Masto holds a slight lead, Republicans see the Silver State as a potential pickup opportunity this November.

Cortez Masto, did, however, significantly outraise Laxalt in the second quarter, raking in more than $7.5 million, compared to the Republican’s $2.8 million.

Laxalt, who is backed by Trump and served as the co-chairman of his reelection campaign in Nevada in 2020, has expressed support for claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to another marquee Senate race this cycle, with two-term Sen. Ron Johnson (R) facing a challenge from progressive Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D).

Democrats are confident in flipping the seat due to the fact that Johnson is one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans vying for reelection this cycle. The Republican candidate has found himself wrapped up in the House Jan. 6 select committee’s investigation, thrown into the spotlight over headlines for his stance on the Covid-19 vaccine and most recently, he suggested that Social Security and Medicare should be classified as discretionary spending.

On the Democratic side, Barnes has been playing the “Unions Card” citing connections his parents have to the unions, as well as touting his experience in community organizing as well as his time as lieutenant governor.

Johnson has significantly outperformed Barnes in fundraising during the second quarter, raking in more than $7 million compared to the Democrat’s more than $2.1 million.

Despite his controversies, Johnson has won two uphill Senate battles, including an upset victory in 2016, therefore proving a little J6 investigative hearing is nothing to bat an eye at.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire hasn’t held it primary race yet, so Democrats don’t yet know who will take on Sen. Maggie Hassan (D) in November, however, they do know it’s not looking good.

Hassan, who was first elected to the Senate in 2016, has made abortion a top issue for her campaign after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade.

She distanced herself from the Biden administration earlier this year on its plan to end a Trump-era immigration policy — a stance a number of sell-out moderate senators up for reelection took.

On the Republican side, retired Army Gen. Don Bolduc is an early leader of the pack in the primary to be held on September 13th. In a University of New Hampshire Survey Center Granite State poll conducted last month, Bolduc held a 21-point lead over his closest opponent, state Senate President Chuck Morse.

Businessmen Vikram Mansharamani, finance executive Bruce Fenton and former Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith are also running for the GOP nod.

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