GOP Sees Falling Trump Stock As Growing Threat To Senate Majority

Republicans are growing increasingly worried that President Trump’s slide in the polls following his COVID-19 diagnosis, coupled with an outbreak at the White House, is posing a major threat to their Senate majority.

The presidential campaign has quickly become one of the most tumultuous in modern history, but there’s more than enough turmoil and uncertainty to go around as both parties battle for control of the Senate.

One of the main concerns for Senate Republicans is Trump’s cash crunch, which has forced him to cut back on advertising in key battleground states at a time when Senate Democratic challengers are projected to significantly outraise GOP incumbents heading into the final stretch.

Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist, said Trump’s actions in the final weeks of the campaign season will be a key factor in determining who controls the Senate next year.

He said the battle for the Senate majority is “directly tied to the presidential race. If Trump wins their state, it’s very, very likely that they’re going to win their campaign as well.”

“If Trump loses their state, they’re probably going to lose as well,” O’Connell added, noting that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who has crafted a reputation for independence over decades in Washington, is the one exception to the rule. 

“The one person who is on her own little island is Susan Collins,” he said.

Read more from Alexander Bolton at The Hill

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