McConnell Admits Defeat: GOP Expects To Lose Senate And House Seats In Midterms
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) admitted during an interview that Republicans expect to lose seats in the Senate and in the House during this year’s midterm elections.
McConnell spoke with The New York Times and told them, “The odds are that we will lose seats in the House and the Senate.”
“History tells you that, the fired-up nature of the political left tells you that. We go into this clear-eyed that this is going to be quite a challenging election,” he added.
McConnell went on to say that fundraising was an issue for some GOP Senate candidates in key states.
“I concede the fund-raising problem,” McConnell said.
According to The Hill, “The average Democratic incumbent raised $2.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, with an average of $7.75 million cash on hand, while the average GOP challenger raised just $746,000 in the fourth quarter, and had an average of $1.05 million cash on hand.”
McConnell recognized Democrats for having “a good map last year.” And added that if they “hold Arizona and Nevada and pick up some of these others we’ll have a majority for two more years.”
Back in December, McConnell privately warned GOP insiders that their party was at a big risk of losing both chambers of Congress.
Donald Trump’s unpopularity has also taken a toll on Republicans.