Republicans express concern that their Senate candidates are screwing up, pointing specifically to Herschel Walker losing to Raphael Warnock in Georgia.
The Warnock-Walker game in Georgia isn’t the only midterm race where the Senate GOP has begun to worry about ruining it in a tough environment for Democrats. From Pennsylvania to Ohio to Georgia to Arizona, Republicans are getting outraged and not running away with races they need to win to topple the Senate in November.
Still, a Republican involved in behind-the-scenes Senate racing said there was “almost existential concern” about the Walker campaign earlier this summer. Speaking candidly on condition of anonymity, this Republican said there is still time for a course correction, but that “if the election were today, he wouldn’t win.”
The problem with the Herschel Walker campaign is Herschel Walker
The Republican Senate candidates who struggle were all endorsed or pushed across the finish line in their primaries by Donald Trump, and they all share a different common problem. The problems in the campaigns can be traced back to the candidates themselves.
Herschel Walker’s staff called him a pathological liar who constantly lies to them, admitting they don’t believe their candidate. JD Vance makes comments as if women should stay in abusive marriages rather than divorce and sounds like a right-wing fascist. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania has turned down voters across the political spectrum in the state by being a carpet shredder who shows no knowledge, concern or interest in the Keystone State.
Republicans can’t fix these campaigns because the problem is the string of flawed and unelectable candidates Trump has put forward.
There’s still a lot of conventional wisdom that the environment is terrible for Democrats, but that doesn’t mean the climate is great for Republicans.
The midterm of 2022 could be the rare kind of election where voters are mad at everyone, and Republicans could lose their chance to win back the Senate by running non-election candidates who will also feel the wrath of an angry electorate.
Mr Easley is the editor in chief. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduation work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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