Midterms could be challenging for Republicans
It’s been a good week for Democrats. President Biden signed the Chips act – which will invest in domestic semiconductor manufacturing, design and research so America won’t be so reliant on chips from overseas.
The Pact Act also became law, greatly expanding healthcare for veterans with illnesses like cancer they got from exposure to toxins while deployed. And Democrats’ signature legislation for this year- the Inflation Reduction Act, has also been approved in Congress.Republicans are hoping to win majorities in the House and Senate this November.
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But these recent accomplishments from Democrats are helping them build momentum while Republicans are facing some headwinds.
In the House, Republicans successfully gained 12 seats in the 2020 election. So they have fewer seats to flip.
Daron Shaw says: The targets of opportunity the republicans have in 2022 are fairly limited because Biden didn’t bring in a whole lot of Democrats in his coat tails in 2020.
In the Senate, Republicans have challenging races where they are both trying to flip and maintain seats.
For instance, Republican Senator Ron Johnson is running for reelection, but a Marquette poll in June showed him down by two points. In Pennsylvania, Republican Senator Pat Toomey is retiring, and the Republican nominee Dr. Oz, is down 11 points to his opponent Lt. Governor John Fetterman according to a Fox News poll. And in Georgia, Republican Herschel Walker is trailing incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock by two points according to a 538 average of polls.
Daron Shaw says: Republicans are running into some problems with some of the candidates they’ve nominated, especially in these high profile senate seats. And that could limit their ability to take advantage of an issue environment where short term forces appear to favor the GOP.
But Shaw says overall Republicans have a big advantage on kitchen table issues.
Daron Shaw says: If you ask voters which party is better able to handle these issues, Republicans dominate on inflation, they dominate on border security they dominate on crime.
On education and guns, the parties break even, Democrats have the advantage on abortion. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.