According to a report in Rolling Stone, there is a very good chance that the Democrats could take control of the Senate after the 2020 election as the impeachment of Donald Trump casts a cloud over the Republican Party.
The report — by longtime political observer Tim Dickinson — states, “the fight to wrest the Senate from Republican control — and oust Mitch McConnell as majority leader — is arguably just as important” as the battle to force Trump from office.
“Unless Democrats flip the Senate, the grand plans of the presidential candidates are dead on arrival,” Dickinson writes. “Capturing the chamber is just as crucial if Trump is re-elected; it would give Democrats control of the legislative agenda, budget, and judicial confirmations, ending McConnell’s reign as Trump’s rubber stamp.”
With the GOP holding a three-seat edge in the Senate, 53 to 47, Dickinson explains that Republicans have their hands full defending 23 seats to the Democrats’ 12.
According to Nathan Gonzales, editor of Inside Elections, “The Senate’s in play. Democrats have enough takeover opportunities to get there without having to win everything on the table.”
“A dozen races will be vital in determining control of the Senate, including two seats where Democrats must play defense,” the report goes on, with Dickinson listing off Michigan, Arizona, Maine, Colorado and North Carolina — among others — as key battleground states.
Of particular note, he adds, is the crown jewel — taking the seat held by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Sanders Uses Expletive to Lash Out at Reporters Asking About Campaign: ‘I’m Dealing With a … Global Crisis’
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders reportedly launched an “angry” response when reporters asked him about the future of his presidential campaign Wednesday, after the Senate passed a coronavirus relief bill.
“I’m dealing with a f—ing global crisis. You know, we’re dealing with,” Sanders responded to CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju.
Sen. Bernie Sanders grew angry when asked about his campaign plans. During a gaggle with reporters in the Capitol, I asked Sanders about his timeframe for making a decision, and he lashed out: “I’m dealing with a fucking global crisis. You know, we’re dealing with.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 18, 2020
“Well right now, right now I’m trying to do my best to make sure that we don’t have an economic meltdown and that people don’t die. Is that enough for you to keep me busy for today?” he added.
Describing Sanders as “furious,” Raju says: “The blowup occurred about half way through a five-minute gaggle where Sanders talked about the ‘unprecedented crisis of our lifetime,’ calling for a range of measures that the U.S. government should take in the midst of the economic crisis.”
Raju also says the AP’s Chief Congressional Correspondent, Lisa Mascaro, “asked what he’s saying to his supporters, and he sidestepped the question, noting he’s sent out a statement. Then, I asked about his timeframe — and he was furious.”
“Afterwards, he mellowed out and answered questions about the crisis for about two more minutes.”
Sanders lost all three Democratic primaries Tuesday night to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Wednesday morning his campaign said he is going home to Vermont to “assess” his campaign. But later in the day, Sanders’ communications director called reports saying he had suspended his campaign “absolutely false.”
Sanders ‘Conserving Resources’ by Pulling Ads – Denies He Is Suspending Campaign
The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign is reportedly working to conserve its resources by taking down digital ads. The move comes just after Sanders’ poor showing in Tuesday’s Democratic primaries, all three of which he lost to Joe Biden.
The Sanders campaign pushed back on tweets saying he was suspending his campaign, after an Axios report stated he was suspending his campaign’s Facebook ads.
Sanders’ campaign manager Wednesday morning said the Senator will head back home to Vermont after a Senate coronavirus vote and would be talking with supporters to “assess” his campaign.
“Bernie Sanders’ campaign has pulled down its digital ads this morning, shortly after announcing the senator will be assessing the campaign,” New York Magazine’s Gabriel Debenedetti reports. “He’s in DC for coronavirus votes, then will return to Vermont to figure out what’s next. In the meantime, they’re ‘conserving resources.'”
Here’s the story behind why some were saying Sanders had suspended his campaign:
I earlier posted a breaking news headline based on a story published and then removed from the website of another news org. It said Bernie Sanders has suspended his presidential campaign.
His campaign has denied it. I apologize for causing confusion.
Their old and new story pic.twitter.com/75hXu33DaD
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) March 18, 2020
And this correction is on the Axios website.
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) March 18, 2020
Ohio Governor Recommends Postponement of Tuesday’s Presidential Primary
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has recommended the postponement of the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian primaries which are to be held Tuesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic. No primaries for Tuesday have yet been canceled.
Other states that currently are scheduled for primaries include Arizona, Florida, and Illinois.
BREAKING: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, citing CDC guidelines, is recommending the cancelation of in-person voting for tomorrow’s primary. Voting would be extended until June 2, allowing for absentee voting.
Question is whether Florida, Illinois, and Arizona will follow suit.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) March 16, 2020
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