The struggle for control of the U.S. Senate will be a fight to the finish, with analysts in both parties giving Democrats the edge, predicting GOP candidate Donald Trump will be a down-ticket drag — though hot-button issues could give Republicans a last-minute boost.
Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said, “It will have more to do with Trump than any other issue. We are in such a partisan era. The idea of split ticket voting is just not a reality.”
Yesterday the Cook Political Report projected that Democrats will pick up five to seven Senate seats — far more than the four needed for the party to reclaim control of the upper chamber if Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton wins the White House. If Trump wins, Democrats would need five Senate seat pickups to take control, because the vice president, serving as president of the Senate, is the body’s tie-breaker.