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Senate Majority Suddenly Leaning Blue As Dems Outraise Republicans In 7 Key Races

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As President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis comes under increased scrutiny, the fight for the Senate majority is tightening with Democrats now gaining momentum with Election Day just more than six months away.

Across the nation, some Senate Democratic candidates are starting to outraise vulnerable Republican incumbents in states where Trump’s approval rating has taken a hit, points out The Hill.

Citing Kyle Kondik, managing editor at Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, The Hill reports that “states like North Carolina and Maine have gotten better and better for Democrats throughout the cycle.”

The news outlet also cites Cook Political Report, another nonpartisan forecasting group saying “the chances of Democrats taking back the Senate are rising and now close to 50-50 odds with several plausible paths for Democrats to win a majority.”

Democratic challengers have outraised Republican incumbents in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Carolina and South Carolina — where Sen. Lindsey Graham is sliding in he polls.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) had its best-ever first-quarter fundraising haul at $28 million.

Meanwhile, as noted by The Hill, Trump’s approval rating has taken a dive during the pandemic after initial gains.

A Gallup poll published Thursday showed the president’s approval rating at 43 percent, falling 6 percentage points from mid-March, the sharpest drop since he took office.

Gallup warned that “the current health and economic crisis is undoubtedly the greatest challenge of his presidency so far — and could imperil his standing in the final year of his first term as he seeks re-election.”

The polling outfit found that only 30 percent of Americans were satisfied with the way things are going, a 12-point drop since early March.

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