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Momentum Shifts Towards Democrats in Key Senate Races

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 11:44 AM

Republicans once again are in danger of losing their Senate majority after a string of mistakes by the GOP halted the momentum that just a few weeks ago had them heading towards holding onto control of the upper chamber, The Hill reports.

Democrats are capitalizing on Republican nominee Donald Trump's poor performance in the first presidential debate, as well as the ensuing controversy over his continued insults against the appearance of a former Miss Universe winner to also harm GOP candidates down ticket.

Nowhere is this more crucial than in the race for the Senate, where Democrats need to pick up four seats in order to capture the majority there, assuming Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.

In the crucial New Hampshire race, Sen. Kelly Ayotte's statement that she saw Trump as a role model for children has been seized upon by Democrats as a weapon against many Republicans, even though Ayotte tried to walk back the comment.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren issued a series of tweets ripping Ayotte:

 

 

In two other battleground states, polls show trouble for Republicans. In Pennsylvania the two major senatorial candidates are in a virtual tie, but Democrat Hillary Clinton has increased her advantage over Trump to 10 percentage points, according to a Monmouth University survey.

And in North Carolina, Clinton has opened up a six percentage point advantage over Trump after being tied two weeks ago, while the two candidates for senator are in a virtual tie, according to an Elon University poll.

Independent experts explained to The Hill that these surveys are bad news for Republicans, despite their senatorial nominees being in a tie, because recent electoral trends show it will be extremely difficult for GOP congressional candidates to outperform Trump by more than five percentage points.

"Voters aren't as prone to split their tickets as they used to be," said Kyle Kondik from the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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