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DALLAS- In the battle for control of the Senate, money matters.
And right now, Democrats are clearly winning the campaign cash dash.
Florida Senator Rick Scott, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), acknowledges that “money is an important issue in any campaign” and that many of the GOP Senate candidates “have been through some very tough primaries” this cycle.
But Scott predicts that “we’re going to have a Republican Senate in 2023.”
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Scott’s mission in directing the Senate GOP’s re-election arm is to regain control of the chamber in the November midterm elections. While Republicans are defending a majority of seats up for grabs this year — including vacancies in a handful of crucial swing states — Republicans need just a one-seat net win and see strong opportunities in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire.
Democrats face historic headwinds as the party that wins the White House and control of Congress traditionally suffers major setbacks in the House and Senate in subsequent midterm elections. They also face a very unfavorable political climate, fueled by record inflation and rising crime, and symbolized by President Biden’s deeply negative approval ratings.
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But he pointed to the problems of gun violence after a string of high-profile mass shootings in recent months and abortion in the wake of the move by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that trigged the issue of the abortion rule back to the states. Democrats see an energetic electorate that will help them defy current expectations of policy forecasters.
Democrats were further bolstered by pro-choice activists’ overwhelming victory Tuesday in Kansas in the first ballot box test of legalized abortion since the blockbuster High Court ruling.
Scott noted that in the month and a half since the Supreme Court’s blockbuster ruling, the abortion issue “has helped Democrats raise a lot of money.”
He stressed in an interview with Fox News Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas that “Republicans need to be compassionate about this issue, need to explain where the Democrats stand,” which he calls “radical.” designated.
And he emphasized that Republicans “always have to make sure you’re talking about the things that people care about. They’re really worried about the economy. They worry about their children’s education. They worry about living in a safe community.”
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The rival Democratic Senate Campaign Committee raised the NRSC with fundraising funds in the second quarter of 2022 from April through June. The leading outside group working to elect and re-elect Democratic senators has slammed its Republican rival in the latest quarterly fundraising reports. And fundraising by the four Democratic incumbents heavily targeted by the GOP has been overwhelming as they dramatically outperformed their Republican challengers.
DSCC executive director Christie Roberts stressed that her party’s Senate campaigns “are running out of steam”.
And Roberts argued that “pensions, failed recruitment and vicious primaries — coupled with Trump’s support — have left Republicans with a list of flawed and deeply damaged candidates, while Democrats are fielding strong, battle-hardened incumbents and challengers backed by their own unique coalition of voters.” “.
Scott pushed back, claiming that “if you look at the Democrats who ran against them, they’re Bernie Sanders-type radical Democrats.”
And he emphasized: “We have to raise our money to tell our story. If we tell our story, I think we’re going to have a great year.” But admitted “that the Democrats are raising a lot of money”.
Scott pointed to the key battleground state of Georgia, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock — who enjoys a massive fundraising advantage over GOP challenger Herschel Walker but has a slim edge over the former college and pro football star — has beaten Walker so far the campaign outperformed ad wars dramatically.
“Herschel is getting his first ad. If he tells his story about where he’s from and what he believes in, I think he’ll do well if he can find the money,” Scott said.
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Former President Donald Trump is heavily flirting with making another run in the White House, and Republicans have the political winds at their backs this cycle. Many people in the GOP are concerned that a potential Trump announcement before November 2024 could negatively impact Republicans’ chances of regaining control of the House and Senate.
But Scott told Fox News that even if Trump announces a 2024 presidential nomination ahead of the midterm elections, he still believes “the election will be about the Biden agenda.”