GOP Senate Hopes Collapsing Nationwide As Party Pulls Support

As the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) withdraws millions from Senate races nationwide, it becomes clear that the GOP’s hopes for a takeover of the Senate have all but collapsed. According to the Washington Post, the Republican enthusiasm gap has all but eroded their chance to expand their hold in the Senate, and instead they are fighting to retain what seats they do have.

South Dakota has a strong three-way race between the GOP’s candidate, Mike Rounds, independent Larry Pressler and the Democrat’s candidate, Rick Weiland. With Larry Pressler’s strength sapping from Mike Rounds both major candidates, the race is shaping up to be one where Pressler may carry the day.

Deep-Red Kansas is a race between the GOP’s candidate, Pat Roberts, and independent Greg Orman. With the polls a statistical dead heat, this could further erode the GOP’s senate hopes in short order. The GOP did not expect such a strong showing by the founder of the Common Sense Coalition.

Georgia, another state which the Republicans have counted on, is also one where it is a statistical tie between the GOP’s candidate, David Perdue and the Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn. If no candidate carries over 50 percent of the vote, the entire race will be forced into a run-off in January. This puts Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford as a potential kingmaker in this race. And with the majority in the Senate on the line, that is a very good place to be.

Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes now holds a two point lead over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the latest Bluegrass Poll. Instead of a secure position, McConnell is facing strong opposition, and an electorate which has turned on him. After all, he only carried 60 percent of the primary vote against Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin. Now, instead of helping to coordinate a national takeover strategy, he is in the fight for his political life.

North Carolina, where Republican Thom Tillis had hoped for an easy victory against incumbent Democrat, Kay Hagen, has not gone the GOP’s way. Tillis had led the state’s rush to right-wing policies, and in this election season he is now facing a statewide revolt against his policies. On the heels of the Supreme Court’s approval of Tillis’ widely disliked voting restrictions, this puts Tillis himself on the block for an angry mob of North Carolina’s voters to turn against.

A former Massachusetts Senator, Scott Brown, has continued to trail incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, despite early hopes of an upset. He has never even gotten to within the margin of error in polling, indicating that for 2014, Scott Brown’s goose is cooked.

And, the NRSC clearly knows this, as they have begun cutting out spending in various races. With ad support gone, GOP candidates are left alone, without the national network they counted on to even attempt a victory in their states.

Instead of supporting the Senate candidates, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Rob Portman, has been too busy preparing for his own presidential run in 2016. While his name has not yet made the popular circuits, he could be a formidable opponent in 2016, providing his current actions do not alienate him from his own party.

Now all eyes turn to the house, and the concern that this apathy in the Senate may turn the tables on them.