Even as President Donald Trump’s approval rating has edged up and generic polls for the midterms increasingly show a toss-up, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told Politico on Wednesday that he is optimistic that Democrats can win a majority in the Senate in November.
Although Schumer acknowledged that Democrats face a very difficult map in the midterms by defending 10 Senate seats in states the president carried in 2016, he said internal party polls show that even Trump backers in six deep-red states prefer a Democrat who can check the president’s power.
"As Trump’s going up, our senators are going up in the polling," Schumer said, giving credit to Democratic incumbents "who are identified with their own states, as opposed to identified with Washington and the national party."
Schumer insisted that "When you look race by race, we have a very good chance. We are much, much closer than people would ever think."
However, the New York senator did acknowledge that he is "not overconfident" about the November elections, saying, "I worry every day, but my point here is the conventional wisdom that this is a long shot is very wrong."
Republicans have dismissed Schumer’s optimism, pointing to Trump’s rising approval numbers as a good sign for the GOP in congressional races, with Majority Whip John Cornyn calling Schumer’s predictions of Democratic victories only a sign that he is "a master politician and spinmeister."
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