Republicans fear Democrats will flip Senate, hope for high Trump-voter turnout

Republicans fear Democrats will flip Senate, hope for high Trump-voter turnout


Republicans are worried that a Democratic takeover of the Senate is increasingly likely, with many in the GOP hoping for high turnout of President Trump’s conservative base in key states as the party’s last, best chance to hold onto power.

Polling in several Senate races, as well as in the presidential campaign, has turned so grim for Republicans that lobbyists in Washington are “game planning” for Democratic control of both the Senate and the White House. Democrats already hold a majority in the House and are likely to gain seats there.

“Everybody’s concerned, the business community is concerned,” said a veteran Republican lobbyist in Washington. “The last time we had Democratic control of the White House and Congress, we got Obamacare.”

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With less than three weeks until Election Day on Nov. 3, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report this week predicted that Democrats will gain between two and seven Senate seats.

A gain of two seats would keep the Senate

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