Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told Biden how Democrats are “going downhill” in the Georgia Senate race during a conversation captured by a hot mic.
Schumer and Biden’s conversation was recorded by television cameras when the Democratic leader was greeting Biden on his arrival in Syracuse, New York.
Democrats Worried About Georgia Senate Race
Multiple polls suggest Herschel Walker is making last-minute gains in the Georgia Senate race and currently leading against Walker by a thin margin.
Schumer also told Biden it is hard to believe voters can elect Herschel Walker from Georgia, instead of Raphael Warnock.
However, Schumer was optimistic about the record early voting turnout in Georgia that could help Warnock in retaining his Senate seat.
While talking about other Senate races, Schumer noted the one and only debate in Pennsylvania did not hurt Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman.
Fetterman was expected to face voters’ backlash, due to his inability to speak properly, but Schumer told Biden the debate did not go much against Democrats.
Schumer on hot mic talking to Biden about the midterms:
“Looks like the debate didn't hurt us too much in Pennsylvania and we’re picking up steam in Nevada.”
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 27, 2022
Likewise, Schumer told the president that Democrats are performing well in the Nevada Senate race, in which Democratic incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is competing against Republican candidate Adam Laxalt.
According to the polls of RealClearPolitics, Republican candidate Herschel Walker is leading against his Democratic competitor Raphael Warnock by 0.6%, just ten days before the midterm elections.
When Schumer told Biden that Fetterman still had a chance to win the Pennsylvania Senate race, the president was seen crossing his fingers.
Even though Democrats seem optimistic about winning the Pennsylvania Senate seat, Fetterman’s lead is declining continuously as Election Day arrives.
Schumer’s comments came at a time when Republicans are making grounds in multiple Senate races just before the midterm elections. Biden also responded to Schumer, but his comments remained inaudible.
Schumer is always, always aware of cameras and mics–he doesn't get caught on hot mics, he uses them. He's speaking for effect, fully aware of the microphones, using the "hot mic" bull to push his message and enjoying every moment of it!#TheGreatAmericaShow https://t.co/1SzUyBPDM5
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) October 27, 2022
Fate of the US Senate Still Hangs in the Balance
Just like Georgia, Nevada is also considered one of the top chances for Republicans to flip the Senate. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is currently the most vulnerable Democratic senator up for reelection.
As per RealClearPolitics, Laxalt is leading against Cortez Masto by 1.2 percentage points.
Subsequent polls have predicted Republicans should easily get a simple majority in the House; though the fate of the Senate still hangs in the balance.
Reportedly, Senate races in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona are hotly contested and expected to decide the fate of the US Senate.
By Thursday, Democrats were leading in the Arizona Senate race. Yesterday, Cook Political Report declared the Arizona seat a toss-up, noting the GOP can win the race.
Arizona shares its border with Mexico; so most of the voters are concerned about rising illegal immigration in the state.
RealClearPolitics suggested Republican candidate Blake Masters is leading against Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly by 0.1% points.This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.