National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott said that the GOP would have at least 52 Senate seats after the 2022 midterms.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Scott predicted that Republicans would hold all of the U.S. Senate seats currently held by the GOP and flip both Georgia and Nevada. Scott also said Republicans have an opportunity to flip up to five more seats in contested Senate races around the country.
“So which battleground states do you think Republicans will win on Election Day?” host Dana Bash asked. “How many Senate seats will the GOP control next year?”
“We’re going to get 52-plus,” Scott responded. “Herschel Walker will win Georgia. We’re going to keep all 21 of ours. Oz is going to win against Fetterman in Pennsylvania. And Adam Laxalt will win in Nevada. But I think we have every reason to believe we can pick up with Blake Masters in Arizona, with Don Bolduc [in New Hampshire]. I will be going to New Hampshire today. I think Don Bolduc has every reason to believe he’s going to win. But we have got shots in — with Tiffany Smiley in Washington, Joe O’Dea in Colorado, Leora Levy in Connecticut.”
“This is our year,” Scott added. “The Democrats can’t run on anything they have done. People don’t like what they have done. They don’t like high inflation. They don’t like gas prices, food prices up. They don’t like an… open border. They don’t like high crime. And that’s what the Democrats are known for. I mean, they have done all these things. Democrats did it.”
Walker and Laxalt are leading in their respective races, according to the RCP average of polls. In Pennsylvania, a survey from InsiderAdvantage showed Oz with a 2.7-point lead over Democrat John Fetterman.
In Arizona, a poll from the Data for Progress showed Masters tied with incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly.
A poll from InsiderAdvantage and American Greatness showed Bolduc just 1 point behind incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire.
In Washington, a poll from the Trafalgar Group showed Smiley trailing incumbent Democrat Patty Murray by just 1.2 points.
While Scott is bullish on the GOP’s chances to take the Senate, Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently sounded the alarm about his party’s chances on a hot mic with President Joe Biden.
“That seat, we’re in danger in that seat,” Schumer told Biden. “It’s close. We’ll see.”
It was not immediately clear what seat he was referring to. However, Schumer added that Democrats are in trouble in Georgia.
“The state where we are seeing, the state we are going downhill is Georgia,” he said. “It’s hard to believe that they will go for Herschel Walker.”