The 2022 midterms are just a year away now. While most people expect Republicans to retake the House of Representatives, the Senate has still been considered a toss-up.
That is already changing. The influential ‘Cook Political Report’ has just shifted three Senate races to Republicans.
It’s starting to look like like the GOP could take control of both chambers of Congress.
The Hill reports:
Cook Political Report shifts three Senate races toward Republicans
The Cook Political Report is shifting three hotly contested 2022 Senate races toward the GOP and into the toss-up column, a move that suggests a more favorable environment for Republicans.
The Senate contests in Arizona, Georgia and Nevada once leaned toward Democrats. That changed on Friday, when the nonpartisan election handicapper reclassified them as toss-up races, meaning that they could go in either direction.
All three seats are currently held by Democratic incumbents, Sens. Mark Kelly (Ariz.), Raphael Warnock (Ga.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.). Republicans see those seats as their best pickup opportunities in 2022.
In Arizona, a crowded field of Republicans is vying for the nomination to challenge Kelly next year. While he remains among the best-funded Democratic Senate incumbents in the country, Kelly is still facing strong headwinds heading into his reelection bid, especially given Arizona’s relatively new status as a battleground.
The Republican nominating contests in Georgia and Nevada are still unsettled, as well. But the GOP has clear front-runners in both states.
If Republicans take the House and Senate, Biden’s presidency is effectively over.
AZ Republicans are playing to win. We held our majorities in both chambers of the Legislature last cycle & defended each of our congressional seats. Now, with recent analysis FLIPPING our Senate race toward Republicans, Mark Kelly is in trouble in 2022. https://t.co/N01Fjpbk8U
— Republican Party of Arizona (@AZGOP) November 20, 2021
Things could look very different a year from now.