McConnell makes a troubling prediction about the midterm elections

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is predicting that Republicans may have trouble winning the Senate majority in the midterm elections, the Washington Examiner reports

McConnell made the prediction during a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon that was held on Thursday afternoon.

There, he is reported as saying:

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.

The “why?”

McConnell suggested that “candidate quality” is a large part of the reason why he has apprehensions about the GOPs’ chances of taking back the Senate this fall. McConnell, however, did not explain what he means, and so, others are doing so for him.

Many seem to believe that McConnell was likely taking a shot at former President Donald Trump, and it’s a plausible take given the fact that the two men have often been at odds with each other.

Trump has endorsed several candidates in key Senate races. This includes Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, Herschel Walker in Georgia, J.D. Vance in Ohio, and others. And, according to the polls, Trump’s Senate picks aren’t exactly running away with their races.

So, it is possible that this is what McConnell was referring to with “candidate quality,” although, once again, it ought to be noted that this is just speculation because he did not explain himself.

Looking ahead

At the end of the day, McConnell is predicting that whoever wins the Senate in the midterms is not going to have a massive majority in the upper chamber.

“Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country,” McConnel said on Thursday. “But, I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate.”

“Either our side up slightly or their side up slightly,” McConnel predicted.

Currently, with the 50-50 split in the Senate, Democrats have the upper hand with Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote. Accordingly, Republicans need to win a minimum of one seat in order to break the split.

We’ll see if McConnell’s predictions come true.

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