Since the 2016 election, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has had one goal: become majority leader.
In order to do that, Democrats must do remarkably well during the upcoming midterms.
But Schumer may have just lost all hope, and now he’s left clutching for dear life because of one piece of terrible news.
Going into 2018, Democrats were optimistic about the midterm elections.
They were hoping to take back the House and Senate so they could impeach President Donald Trump.
But it didn’t take long for that dream to fade away from the Democrats.
As time went by in 2018, it has proven to be President Trump’s year.
Trump was able to pass tax cuts that went into effect at the beginning of the year.
He has lead extremely successful negotiations with North Korea that resulted in the release of three U.S. prisoners.
To top it off, he has also crippled ISIS, in recent weeks capturing their five most wanted leaders.
All of this has resulted in his approval rating being higher than former President Obama’s was at the same point in his Presidency.
And his success there has proven that his base of support is continuing to stand with him.
The 2018 midterm elections aren’t until November.
But a few states have had primary elections to decide which Republicans will go up against Democrats.
In the few states that have had those elections, their one trend was to support candidates in the mold of President Trump.
In Indiana, voters nominated Mike Braun, a businessman who has not served in politics to beat out two sitting Congressman.
West Virginia also supported a candidate with similar views to Trump by nominating Patrick Morrisey.
With these candidates, who are populists in the mold of President Trump, it is becoming less likely that Democrats will take back the Senate.
While it is only three seats that Democrats need to win to take back the Senate, they are up against a difficult battle.
Even Nate Silver, who predicted that Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide, is doubtful that Democrats will be able to win back the Senate.
Silver has gone so far as to state that Democrats may have their worse Senate map ever, as in since direct Senate elections began in 1914.
As reported by Politico:
“During an election season when the House seems to be a lost cause for Republicans and nearly every indicator suggests massive Democratic gains in November, the outlook for wresting the Senate away from the GOP remains grim.
The long list of flipped state legislative seats since Donald Trump’s election (40 at last count), the supercharged Democratic turnout in recent special congressional elections, the avalanche of small-donor cash, the geyser of grass-roots energy — none of it changes a Senate landscape where Democrats are defending more seats, in more hostile places, than at any other time in memory.
It’s hard to overstate the degree of difficulty in flipping the Senate this year. As Nate Silver has noted, it’s possible that Democrats are confronting the worst Senate map ever—as in, since direct Senate elections began in 1914.
Roughly one-third of the Senate is up for election every two years, but this time the Democrats are defending almost three times as many seats as the Republicans are: 26 to 9. While Democrats simply need to net a measly two seats to win back the majority, they must do it by running a gantlet through Appalachia and some of the whitest, most rural, least Democratic and pro-gun terrain in the nation.”
This may be the first time that even leftist pollsters have been forced to side with President Trump.
Since the first day of President Trump’s presidency, they have wrongfully predicted his downfall.
Now that they are on his side prediction-wise, let’s hope that they are right for once.