Democrats took a harsh beating during the recent election, not just because their presidential nominee suffered a humiliating loss to Republican nominee Donald Trump, but also because Republicans won enough seats in the House and the Senate to maintain control.
This situation makes the 2018 Senate race an interesting one, and one in which Democrats must put up a tough fight for if they want to hang on to anything other than hope. Republicans are favored in the 2018 Senate race, as they will be defending only eight seats, while Democrats must fight to hang on to 23. This could be a huge boost for Trump and his policies.
Several Senate Democrats who face re-election in 2018 are from states Trump won or almost won. That could mean a painful next two years as party leaders attempt to adapt to the changes Trump will bring.
Democrats might find it difficult to find momentum, but if they don’t, they could lose even more seats. In fact, there are 10 Democrat seats that could flip to the GOP, depending on the outcome of the election.
The races to keep an eye out for include Bill Nelson from Florida, Joe Donnelly from Indiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Dan Heller of Nevada, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
If Democrats can’t retake the Senate majority in 2018, they could face a crippling disadvantage that could leave them unable to pick up any gains in the foreseeable future. That task might be tougher than it sounds, because one thing Democrats have to overcome in 2018 is their unpopularity with a huge chunk of Trump’s base — the white working class.
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H/T The Hill