The Cook Political Report is shifting three hotly contested 2022 Senate races to the Republican Party and in the launch column, a move that suggests a more Republican-friendly environment.
Senate races in Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada once leaned toward Democrats. That changed on Friday when nonpartisan electoral disadvantage reclassified them as pitched races, meaning they could go either way.
All three seats are currently held by Democratic incumbents, Sens. Mark KellyMark KellyCornyn says he would ‘be surprised’ if the Republican Party tries to overthrow Sinema in 2024 Sununu’s exit underscores the uncertain path of the Republican Party to win a majority in the Galician Senate in a possible 2024 candidacy: “I never say no to the future “MORE (Ariz.), Raphael warnockRaphael Warnock Congress moves toward year-end crash Bill seeks to help families of black WWII veterans deprived of GI benefits Gingrich backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race MORE (Ga.) And Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez Masto America’s clean energy future can’t stop at state lines Republican primary struggles intensify after Trump endorsement Sununu’s departure underscores the GOP’s uncertain path to winning a Senate majority PLUS (Nevada.). Republicans see those seats as their best chances for promotion in 2022.
In Arizona, a packed field of Republicans is vying for the nomination to challenge Kelly next year. While he remains one of the best-funded Democratic Senate incumbents in the country, Kelly still faces strong headwinds heading into his re-election bid, especially given Arizona’s relatively new status as a battlefield.
The Republican nomination races in Georgia and Nevada also remain unresolved. But the Republican Party has clear pioneers in both states.
In Georgia, ex President TrumpDonald Trump Republican Senate Candidate Says Fauci Is A ‘Mass Killer’, Should Be Imprisoned Instead Of A ‘Hero’ Rittenhouse Overnight Health Care – Presented By Emergent Biosolutions – Pfizer, The COVID-19 Pill Deal US Strike On The Money – House Democrats Ready To Build Back Better MORE and Republican leaders have endorsed former NFL star Herschel Walker to face Warnock next year. Similarly, Trump has endorsed Republican Adam Laxalt in the Nevada Republican Senate primary.
Republicans need a net gain of just one Senate seat next year to regain control of the upper house. And although the Republican Party defends more seats than the Democrats, the national political landscape has shifted in its favor.
President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats push vote on social spending plan through Friday Fauci says all adults should ‘go get a boost’ Senate confirms Park Service director after years of sitting bosses MOREHis approval rating is at its lowest since he took office, and recent polls suggest voters are resentful of Democrats in Congress. The party hopes to reverse its fortunes by touting its legislative achievements, including a recently signed infrastructure law that amounts to the largest investment in public works in decades.
Still, Republicans are increasingly optimistic about their chances, believing that many of the voters who helped Democrats surrender control of Washington in 2020 are returning to the GOP corner.