As we get closer to election day, our big fears are starting to come true.
Many of Donald Trump’s candidates that rolled to easy wins in battleground states are losing big in general election polls.
There is still time, of course, but there are now a total of six seats that could be lost, with five being Trump-backed Senate candidates.
Senator McConnell (R-KY) seems to be bracing for the worst.
Make a Point
This was always the concern, right?
Trump’s people would win primary elections in bundles, then not be deemed electable for the general election.
We have six key battleground states, five of them with Trump candidates, most of them losing, and one in a very tight race.
And we can probably not expect too much help from McConnell because he wanted to make this exact point.
As I write, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) are both behind in their respective races, with Johnson being a Trump supporter.
Mehmet Oz (PA), Herschel Walker (GA), and Blake Masters (AZ) are also all trailing, with Oz appearing to be hopeless.
JD Vance (Ohio) is ahead, but only by three points, and he is being outraised significantly by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).
The good news on that front is that Ryan had been leading until after the GOP primary race, at which point people seemed to be rallying behind Vance, including McConnell.
A group aligned with McConnell just dropped $28 million in ads for Vance to keep him in this game.
Even so, McConnell is not very high on the chances of flipping the Senate.
He stated, “I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate.
“Senate races are just different. They’re statewide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
McConnell did warn about this back in April, stating, “In the Senate, if you look at where we have to compete in order to get into a majority, there are places that are competitive in the general election.
“So, you can’t nominate somebody who’s just sort of unacceptable to a broader group of people and win.
“We had that experience in 2010 and 2012.”
Some may brush this off, but this is a really big deal.
When you see how all of these battleground state candidates backed by Trump are struggling in a state-wide campaign, it has to be something to consider as we get closer to the decision of who to nominate for president in 2024.
Donald Trump will more than likely coast to a nomination if he runs, but this is not about winning the nomination; it is about beating Democrats in 2024 and taking back our house.