McConnell warns GOP may not win Senate, as group linked to it invests heavily in Ohio – The Washington Post


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has warned that the Republican Party may not regain control of the Senate in the November midterm elections — a cycle normally favorable to the party out of power — as a McConnell-linked PAC. Organizes a rescue effort in the Ohio Senate race.

Asked Wednesday by Kentucky reporters his expectations for the midterm, McConnell said there is “a greater potential for the House of Representatives to overturn than the Senate.”

“Senate races are very different, they are statewide, and the quality of the candidate has a lot to do with the outcome,” he said, According to NBC News.

In a year when Republicans should have had an advantage over Democrats, especially with President Biden’s acceptance rates sag With inflation still rising, the Republican Party faces surprisingly tight races in the Senate in several states — even as Republican groups are saving huge sums of money to help struggling candidates.

on Wednesday, and Normal Cleveland dealer reported That the Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee linked to McConnell, is investing $28 million in radio and television ads in Ohio to support Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance, who was approved by former President Donald Trump.

Advertisements for the new Vance will begin appearing after Labor Day, according to the newspaper, which noted that the ad purchase represented a significant increase over the $5 million National Republicans have invested in the Ohio race so far. In 2020, Trump won Ohio by nearly eight percentage points.

However, polls have shown Remarkably close race Ben Vance, a venture capitalist and author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” and his Democratic opponent, Representative Tim Ryan, compete for the seat of retired Senator Rob Portman (right). Vance’s primary race was partly funded Written by billionaire Peter Thiel, who previously worked for Vance on his venture capital firm. But Vance was Grinder 4 to 1 by Ryan in the second quarter of 2022.

Ryan, the 10-term congressman who ran for president in 2020, is a seasoned activist and moderate Democrat who wants to break with the party’s leadership on certain policies, most notably trade and China.

In response to GOP spending, Ryan tweeted, “If they’re so focused on our race, that means we have to do something right. Here’s my message to Mitch McConnell, J.D. Vance, and the rest of the GOP: Bring it.”

Ryan also sent out a fundraising appeal alluding to GOP investment and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ appearance on Friday with Vance, writing, “National Republicans are whining after *multiple polls* show this race is in a stalemate — and we expect DeSantis to attack me personally.” This is the beginning of Mitch McConnell’s new strategy to demolish my campaign.”

Republicans need to have one seat to seize a 50-50 majority in the Senate with Vice President Harris the cut-off vote. The big investment in a state with Republican leanings for a Republican-controlled seat surprised the party 82 days until Election Day. And while the Republican Party remains favored for the Ohio seat in November, the tight race is forcing the party to spend money defensively, money that could be invested to compete for Senate seats held by Democrats, such as Nevada and Colorado.

So far, the Senate Leadership Fund has also spent large sums of money on Senate races in Georgia and Pennsylvania, investing in 37 million dollars And the $34.1 million, Straight. But these races are more competitive for Republicans.

In Georgia, Republicans seek to oust Senator Raphael J. However, GOP candidate Herschel Walker – who has come under scrutiny because of him Past lies and revelations Of the many children who had never before been publicly disclosed – Warnock tracked in the polls.

Lieutenant John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate, has raised his Republican rival Mehmet Oz for “rough” shopping and his New Jersey roots. (Video: The Washington Post)

In the Senate race to replace retired Pennsylvania Senator Patrick J. Tommy (right), recent polls show Lt. John Fetterman (Democrat) a double-digit lead over Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, the famous television doctor. The Oz campaign has spent most of the past week fending off attacks about the number of homes he owns and ridiculing online mockery of a recent video where Oz named a local grocery chain while he supposedly buys ingredients for “raw vegetables. “

The McConnell-linked group’s spending comes as the Republican National Committee (NRSC) shifts its spending on television advertising in several battlefield states, eliminating millions of dollars in ad bookings with plans to rebook investments through campaign-coordinated spending.

A Democrat who tracks media purchases, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide data, said the National Security Council this month cut reservations for his television ads by more than $7 million in Pennsylvania, about $3 million in Arizona and more than $2 million in states. United. Both Wisconsin and Nevada. Other democratic media outlets that follow similar numbers have bought up. Ad reservation changed first Reported by The New York Times earlier this week.

The shift comes as Republican Senate candidates in some of those states have lagged behind their Democratic opponents in fundraising, potentially hampering their ability to keep up with the airwaves and promote their candidates. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Senator Ron Johnson (right) raised about $7 million for Democratic nominee Mandela Barnes and took home $2 million in the second quarter of the year, before Barnes’ primary rivals withdrew.

This week, Barnes held a slight lead over Johnson, a Marquette Rights Poll have found.

Barnes is 51 percent to 44 percent ahead of Johnson in the poll, which is bigger than Barnes Margin of two points in June. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

Democrats view the Wisconsin race as one of their best chances of getting a seat in the Senate.

Hannah Knowles contributed to this report.

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