Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that November’s midterms could be “a category 3, 4 or 5” storm for the Republican Party.
“This is going to be a challenging election year,” McConnell said in a Tuesday interview with Kentucky Today. “We know the wind is going to be in our face. We don’t know whether it’s going to be a category 3, 4 or 5.”
However, McConnell said he’s optimistic the GOP can hold onto a majority in the Senate.
“I’m hoping we can hold the Senate,” he said, “And the principle reason for that, even if we were to lose the House and be stymied legislatively, we could still approve appointments, which is a huge part of what we do.”
During the first year of President Trump’s term, McConnell’s Senate confirmed 12 federal circuit judges in addition to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
“That’s more than the first year of any president since the circuit courts were created in 1891,” McConnell said.
The Hill added:
The nation’s top conservative donors and fundraisers are also concerned by the possible “blue wave” the GOP is facing in the midterms.
Democrats only need to win 24 seats to win back the House. The president’s party typically loses an average of 32 House seats during midterm elections.
Trump’s job approval rating has been underwater for more than a year, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.
A Fox News poll out last week showed Democrats ahead of Republicans by 5 points on a generic ballot.