Democrats can beat Ted Cruz and Rick Scott this year. Yes, really

Democrats can beat Ted Cruz and Rick Scott this year. Yes, really

Senate Democrats are facing yet another cycle where the battleground map favors Republicans—this time by a lot. Several Democrats are up for reelection in red states like Ohio and Montana. Democrats also need to hold battleground seats in Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. And with Sen. Joe Manchin’s impending retirement, West Virginia will almost certainly flip to Republicans, meaning the contest for control of the Senate effectively starts at 50-50 and could very well be decided by which party wins the White House and the vice president’s tie-breaking vote. 

Yet, in an interview with Daily Kos, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesperson Tommy Garcia projected optimism about matching up Democrats’ battle-tested incumbents against the Republican agenda to, for instance, pass a national abortion ban and strip millions of health care coverage by repealing the Affordable Care Act.

“The strength of our Senate Democratic candidates—who are backed by a broad, unique coalition of voters, the Republican party’s flawed recruits, and their toxic agenda on the defining issues of the 2024 election will all lead the GOP’s Senate campaigns to defeat,” Garcia said in a statement to Daily Kos.

Democratic incumbents in tough races, such as Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Jon Tester of Montana, have carefully cultivated brands that can potentially stand separate and distinct from the national party. The same is true of Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin in Michigan, a national security expert who’s running for the seat being vacated by veteran Democrat Debbie Stabenow, who is retiring. In the 2022 midterms, Slotkin bested her Republican opponent Tom Barrett by nearly 4 percentage points in a race that had been billed as a nail-biter.

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