Not only does Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) believe Democrats will hang on to the Senate after the midterm elections, he declared that the party has a “very strong pathway” to add more seats to their total.
Interviewed Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Booker was asked about the FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast. In mid-September, the firm gave Democrats a 71% chance to hold onto the upper chamber, but now the same service gives Republicans a 55% chance of taking it away.
Co-host Martha Raddatz cited those numbers and asked “what happened?”
The senator acknowledged that the party in the White House normally absorbs losses in the off-year elections. However, that historical trend and the unpopularity of the current administration did not stop him from making rosy predictions.
Booker mentioned races in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and North Carolina as positives for Democrats. The election, he claimed, is still up for grabs.
That “strong pathway” the senator referenced was to not only protect the current 50-50 Senate split but to actually increase Democratic representation.
Borrowing from President Joe Biden’s playbook, Booker told the ABC audience that he does not believe the nation wants to return to the “divisive politics” of the last administration.
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While admitting that the economy is “tough,” he lauded his own party for attempting to protect unions, lower prescription drug, and health care costs, and protect fundamental freedoms.
By that, of course, he meant abortion.
Even Democratic analysts all but concede that the House is headed toward Republican control after the midterm elections. The Senate once thought to be in play to remain in Democratic hands, now sees several predictions that give the GOP the edge.
Booker, who unsuccessfully pursued his party’s nomination for president in 2020, has been on the campaign trail trying to prop up Democratic hopefuls in Arizona, Wisconsin, Nevada, and North Carolina.
But the senator is likely grasping at straws that are not there. Protecting unions and abortion is hardly a battle cry that resonates with voters in 2022, not with inflation running at four-decade highs hand-in-hand with soaring crime and a wide open border.