The Democrats big talk of a blue wave in 2018 is beginning to quiet down.
Bad news continues to pour in for the left.
And this poll just proved the Democrats are going down in flames in 2018.
In order to win control of the Senate, Democrats must win two seats currently held by Republicans.
Pundits believe the Democrats have good opportunities in Nevada and Florida and stand a punchers chance in Tennessee because former Governor Phil Bredesen is a strong candidate the current GOP incumbent Bob Corker is undermining conservative Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn who is the Republican nominee for that seat.
Democrats believed they had a strong chance to pull this off because the majority party has lost seats in 19 out of the 26 midterm elections that have been held since the 17th amendment ratified the direct election of Senators.
While those are grounds for optimism for the left, the reality of the matter is the map favors the Republicans.
Ten Democrat incumbents are running for re-election in states Donald Trump carried in 2016.
And Democrats likely must run the table in those ten races in order to flip the Senate.
Even one loss could close off their path to the majority.
The marquee race of those ten could the Florida Senate contest.
Two-term Governor Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democrat Senator Bill Nelson.
Scott is a multi-millionaire self funder who can pour whatever resources are necessary to win into the race and Nelson is a nondescript and not well known incumbent.
Nelson’s challenges were front and center for the Democrats when Mason Dixon released a poll of Hispanic voters that found the Republican Scott led Nelson 42 percent to 39 percent among South Florida Hispanic voters.
Half of Florida’s two million Hispanic voters live in South Florida and this result should have red lights blaring at the National Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee headquarters.
Nelson has won re-election in the past because he has faced weak opposition.
Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Corker said Nelson’s usual low-energy political style has landed him in big trouble because Scott is a much more formidable challenger than Nelson has faced in the past.
“He goes to Washington and he more or less blends in for five years; you don’t hear much from him. And then comes back a year, or a year-and-a-half before the election and he starts putting his coalition together. He has been able to get away with that because he has had historically weak opponents. Not now,” Corker declared.
Scott had enraged Republicans this past February when he cozied up to gun grabbers in the wake of the horrific tragedy in Parkland, Florida.
Scott champion signed legislation into law that raised the minimum age to purchase long guns to 21 and allowed for judges to issue so called “red flag” orders permitting police to confiscate firearms without due process for the accused.
And Scott publically broke with Trump over the President’s zero tolerance policy to prosecute all illegal immigrants caught crossing the border.
Scott – once again – sided with the media outrage mob and criticized President Trump over the manufactured crisis of separating families at the border.
But Republican voters appear to have forgiven Scott’s betrayal because he appears to be in strong position to defeat Nelson come November.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in the battle for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.