Republican Senator Rick Scott is starting to feel a lot better about his party’s chances to win the Senate in the upcoming 2022 fall midterms.
Scott’s newfound optimism stands in contrast to the majority of political analysts who have tended to predict that the Democrats will manage to hold the Senate.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Senator Scott, who is the chair of the NRSC, expressed his confidence in the Republican party taking control of the Senate saying: “I think we’re going to get 52, I think Herschel Walker is going to win.”
Scott’s optimism is, in part, based upon new numbers from the state of Georgia which show GOP nominee and former football star Herschel Walker gaining on his Democrat opponent Raphael Warnock.
Despite the spike in support for Democratic Senate candidates in various other states over the last several months, surveys in Georgia now reflect a contest that is narrowing. Earlier this month an InsiderAdvantage-Fox 5 Atlanta survey gave Walker with a 3-point edge against Warnock, a major turnaround from July, when the Democratic incumbent led Walker by the same amount.
Part of Walker’s newfound success may have to do with his decision to bring in a group of veteran Republican operatives while his campaign was struggling over the summer, including Chip Lake and Gail Gitcho.
As a result, Walker’s campaign has now become more concentrated; he has pivoted and repeatedly attacked Warnock on topics such as inflation, crime, and border security, while portraying himself as a unifying force for the state.
In another sign that Republicans are feeling much more optimistic about Walker’s chances, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell is now expected to host a fundraiser this week to benefit Walker.
Winning back Warnock’s seat from the Democrats would be a major accomplishment for the GOP as it could be the seat needed to take back complete control of the all important upper chamber of Congress, thus completely changing the political outlook for the next, and possibly last, two years of the Biden administration.