Sen. Wicker will do his best for Rebuplicans to dominate Senate
Apr 18, 2016 10:48 AM EDT
The race for power in the Senate is now at stake for both Democratic and Republican party. According to the organization's chairman, Republicasn are investing a mouthful of money to Ohio and other states as a judging ground if the party retains the power to control the chamber or not. They are gathering $62 million in total for this.
Former Democratic governor Ted Strickland challenged Republican incumbent Rob Portman in the race. National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Roger Wicker said the he will do everything he can to help Sen. Portman.
Every donation, no matter how big or small, will help the chair of NRSC draw closer to his goal. This will give them security that the Senate will remain under GOP control. Other than Ohio, NRSC is bird eyeing Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire races.
"I can't imagine the Democrats winning the majority in the U.S. Senate without winning Ohio," said Sen. Wicker. He travelled to South Carolina and New York to gather donations from different people and society.
Sen. Wicker represents the 1st Congressional District of Mississippi and he's serving his second term. The challenge for him is on how to raise money without the knowledge of which GOP incumbents will surely run for the White House. Some of the incumbents are Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Rand Paul.
According to WGRZ, the Ohio race serves as a barometer for other Senate races. The director of University of Virginia Center of Politics, Larry Sabato, said that because the Ohio race is a barometer, if Democrats win they will surely carry Ohio with them.
The Republican Party needs to defend 24 Senate this year, in order for the Democratic Party to take control of the chamber they need to win five of those races. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman John Tester, said that the issues are on their side. He said that unlike Republican, Democratic Party is dealing most of the issues that voters care about such as cost of higher education.
As reported by USA Today, campaigning is very expensive these days. NRSC raised $49,468,402 this election cycle while DSCC raised $74,339,020. With nearly seven months before election, the battle for power to control the chamber is escalating.
NRSC hopes to take advantage of the Democratic Party. They will also focus on other races such as in Pennsylvania wherein the chance of their winning is high, based on polls. According to Pitney, there would be changes in the outcome of Senate races if Trump wins the nomination race. This will also leads to a Democratic voting union in Nevada and Florida.