Cook Political Report shifts three Senate races toward Republicans

It looks like three Senate seats that were considered strong Democratic seats aren’t so strong anymore according to Cook Political Report, which just pushed them into the ‘toss-up’ zone:

THE HILL – The Cook Political Report is shifting three hotly contested Senate races into the toss-up column, a move that suggests a more favorable environment for the GOP.

The Senate contests in Arizona, Georgia and Nevada once leaned toward Democrats. That changed on Friday when the nonpartisan election handicapper reclassified them as toss-up races, meaning that they could go in either direction.

All three seats are currently held by Democratic incumbents, Sens. Mark Kelly (Ariz.), Raphael Warnock (Ga.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.). Republicans see those seats as their best pickup opportunities in 2022.

In Arizona, a crowded field of Republicans is vying for the nomination to challenge Kelly next year. While he remains among the best-funded Democratic Senate incumbents in the country, Kelly is still facing strong headwinds heading into his reelection bid, especially given Arizona’s relatively new status as a battleground.

The Republican nominating contests in Georgia and Nevada are still unsettled, as well. But the GOP has clear frontrunners in both states.

In Georgia, former President Donald Trump and Republican leaders have endorsed former NFL star Herschel Walker to take on Warnock next year. Likewise, Trump has endorsed Republican Adam Laxalt in the Nevada GOP Senate primary.

There are 34 seats up in 2022 with 20 of them Republican seats. I hope we win a lot more than just three. With the way the political winds are blowing, it’d be nice to have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.

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