McConnell: "I hope when the smoke clears we still have a majority"

09/11/2018 04:30 PM

LOUISVILLE- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it’s going to be a “knife fight in an alley” to keep control of the Senate.

“We know the wind is going to be in our face, we don’t know whether it’s going to be category three, four or five,” McConnell said. “You can’t repeal history. Almost every election, two years into any new administration, the party of the presidency almost always loses seats.”

Political analysts have been predicting a blue wave in the upcoming November elections. McConnell acknowledged Senate races in several states are dead even, including in nearby Indiana.

“All of them too close to call and everyone of them is like a knife fight in an alley. A brawl in every one of those places. I hope when the smoke clears we will still have a majority in the Senate.”

Senate Republicans only hold a slim majority of 51-49 over Democrats.

Kentucky’s only Democratic member of the Congressional Delegation, Congressman John Yarmuth, thinks a blue wave is possible in part due to the scandals surrounding President Trump.

“The Republican support for Trump has begun to factor a little bit. In one poll instead of 90 percent support of Republicans he was down to 75.” Yarmuth said. “That’s pretty significant. Because that to me means there are Republicans who are more conventional, traditional republicans who are fed up with the antics of this administration.”

Politico has listed five Senate races as “toss up”, three as “leans Democrat” and three as “leans Republican”.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at



  • Heza Putz wrote on September 13, 2018 12:12 PM :

    Wishing and hoping was a great Dusty Springfield song but it kind of sucks as an election strategy. With the numbers there is no way Republicans should be worried about keeping their Senate majority. If they lose Mitch can look in the mirror for the culprit. What does the GOP really stand for anymore besides keeping their seats?

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