Opinion: Senate midterm map favors Republicans
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The Senate midterm elections are going to be full of fireworks.
Right now, Republicans in the Senate have just a one-seat majority.
In my opinion, here are the top four races to keep your eye on:
In North Dakota, Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is facing serious headwinds.
Fifty-one percent of those polled in North Dakota believe that the economy is better than a year ago, and only 15 percent of North Dakotans believe it is worse.
That is bad news for Democrat candidates since Republicans are in charge in Washington, D.C.
In West Virginia, Democrat Joe Manchin faces a similar problem. Fifty-five percent of people in West Virginia believe the economy has gotten better.
On the flip side, Republican Jeff Flake is retiring in Arizona. Arizona had been a solid red state but has been shifting blue lately. Flake is reportedly leaving the Senate after just one term because he doesn’t see a path to victory for himself.
Republican Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada is running for reelection, but has a lot of work to do. Heller won in 2012 by only one point. Nevada has been trending blue for a long time now.
Republicans have a chance to flip seats in Missouri, Indiana, Montana, Florida and a few others.
Here is the bottom line: the Senate midterm map and numbers do favor Republicans. However, that does not mean that any candidate or party can take a win for granted. As we have seen, just because a state has been red, like Alabama, or trending blue, like Nevada, does not mean that’s the way it will always vote.