Another analysis of the U.S. Senate map in 2018 brings more bad news for Senate Democrats as they face the prospect of actually losing seats this cycle.
On Wednesday, CNN‘s Eric Bradner authored an analysis of the top “10 Senate seats most likely to switch parties in 2018,” in order of “most likely to flip.”
The bad news for Senate Democrats? Eight of the 10 seats are controlled by Democrats.
Here’s the abbreviated list from Bradner (Democrats in bold):
- Nevada: Dean Heller (R)
- Missouri: Claire McCaskill (D)
- Indiana: Joe Donnelly (D)
- West Virginia: Joe Manchin (D)
- Arizona: Jeff Flake (R)
- Montana: Jon Tester (D)
- North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp (D)
- Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin (D)
- Ohio: Sherrod Brown (D)
- Florida: Bill Nelson (D)
Many of these Democrats have faced bad headlines in 2017:
- McCaskill recently said she’s open to expensive single-payer health care
- Donnelly has been called a hypocrite after blasting outsourcing to Mexico, when he profited from a company that outsourced jobs to Mexico
- Manchin exploded at a reporter recently, saying he doesn’t “give a s**t” if he wins in 2018
- Tester faced scrutiny this spring for disclosing a $7,500 trip to Cancún, Mexico he took in 2016 with McCaskill and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
- Heitkamp may have a #Resistance problem on her hands, after saying this spring that she thinks the resistance is just a waste of time
If all 10 Senate seats were to change hands in 2018, Republicans would have 58-42 advantage in the U.S. Senate starting in 2019.
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