Cook: Dems likely to pick up 5-7 Senate seats, clear majority
October 26, 2016
Democrats now appear poised to pick up five to seven Senate seats and establish a clear majority in the chamber, The Cook Political Report said today.
Since October 7 when The Washington Post reported on the existence of the "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump described sexually assaulting women, the situation for Republican Senate candidates has been unraveling, the Cook Report said.
Assuming that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, the Democrats need to pick up four seats to control the Senate, with the vice president, who would be Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as the tie breaker.
The Cook Report has been predicting a Democratic pickup of four to six seats, but has increased the prediction to five to seven seats based on the changing circumstances. The Cook Report also noted that since 1998 one party has won the lion's share of the "toss up" races in each election year.
“This means that we feel that the prospect that Democrats will have at least 51 seats is greater than the odds of a tied Senate, or of Republicans somehow holding their majority.” Jennifer Cook, Senate editor
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"This means that we feel that the prospect that Democrats will have at least 51 seats is greater than the odds of a tied Senate, or of Republicans somehow holding their majority," Jennifer Cook, the report's Senate editor wrote today.
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