Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), predicts that Republicans will have a “very good election” next year. This means that the party has a good chance of retaking both chambers of Congress. President Biden’s agenda would be stopped if the GOP wins control of both Senate and House in 2022.
“I think the fall of ’22 is likely to be a very good election for Republicans,” McConnell told reporters.
“I’m very optimistic. We have 50 Republican senators. I know what a real minority looks like. We had 40 after President Obama got elected. And so I think the wind is going to be at our back in both the House and Senate. I think there’s a great likelihood of a pretty good election next year,” McConnell added.
This fearless forecast is made despite favorable elections for Democrats next year. In 2022, twenty Republican seats will be up for reelection while only fourteen Democratic seats are available.
Republicans will need to defend seats in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and other states where Biden won narrowly. While Sen. Pat Toomey, will be retiring in Pennsylvania at the end of next year, Sen. Ron Johnson still has to decide whether or not to run for reelection.
McConnell said that the overwhelming majority of Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction and that Jack Ciattarelli (an ex-Republican assemblyman) almost defeated the Democratic incumbent governor of New Jersey. Phil Murphy was elected in a state where Biden won by 16 points last year.
He also pointed out that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe pointed at Biden’s low approval ratings as a political headwind for the race he lost in Virginia to Republican Glenn Youngkin, which Biden won by 10 points in 2020.
“We had a chance here for the American people to express themselves in those states that had some kind of elections this year about how they feel about what’s going on. Seventy-one percent of the American people [say] we’re going in the wrong direction, 71 percent. I’ve been around a while, I don’t remember 71 percent wrong track before,” McConnell said.
McConnell also pointed out the upset of Steve Sweeney (long-serving state Senate President) in New Jersey by newbie Republican Ed Durr. Durr is a commercial truck driver who has reportedly only spent a few thousand dollars and never held office.
“Obviously New Jersey voters were mad as hell at the national administration. The only thing they could do is go and vote against Democrats in New Jersey. I’m sure you saw a guy spent $150 and beat the state Senate president,” McConnell added.