(RepublicanReport.com) – Generally speaking, the party of the sitting president tends to be at a disadvantage in mid-term Congressional elections. This has made Conservatives hopeful about the elections set to take place in 2022. With Democrats holding such narrow majorities in both the House and the Senate, a good performance from Republican candidates could see the party flip both chambers.
However, a number of sitting GOP Senators due to run in 2022 have announced their intention to retire. This could make it more difficult for the party to reclaim the Senate next November. On Monday, March 8, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) declared he would not seek re-election in 2022, becoming the fifth Republican incumbent to do so.
Republican senators retiring:
Roy Blunt (Missouri)
Richard Burr (North Carolina)
Rob Portman (Ohio)
Richard Shelby (Alabama)
Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania) https://t.co/iapNU2d5en
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 8, 2021
It’s still hard to say how problematic this will be. An analysis from The Hill pointed out that Alabama and Missouri both look like safe bets for GOP candidates, but Pat Toomey’s departure leaves an open seat in Pennsylvania, a state Joe Biden won. Even in “red” states, departing Senators mean primary battles, which could weaken the party in the lead-up to general elections in 2024.
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