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The race to control the Senate by 2020 has already begun

"The map looks good for the Democrats – I tell you," Sen Catherine Cortez Masto, the new chairman of the…

“The map looks good for the Democrats – I tell you,” Sen Catherine Cortez Masto, the new chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, told CNN.

Democrats will have opportunities to turn seats and potentially win back the majority by 2020. But the party could face severe rage against Republican commander in purple states like Maine and Colorado. Democrats must also defend the most exposed chair currently on the map in the deep red state of Alabama.

Jones hopes that his campaign playbook on running healthcare, against tariffs and carefully declaring his voice against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will allow him to save his seat.

But the Republicans are convinced they can take it back, provided they set up a significantly stronger candidate than Jones’s last opponent Roy Moore, who lost only half and a half even though he accused of sexual assault, which he denied. Even before the 201

8 middle was over, the Alabama Republican party counted down the days on its website until Jones “is invisible” in the 2020 contest.

A question hanging over the race is if Jeff Sessions, who formerly held the senate seat, decides to run after President Donald Trump fired him as a lawyer general secretary. If sessions show signs of entering the contest, it would change the political estimation of other Republicans in terms of a bid.

So far, at least one potential GOP challenger has publicly weighed the opportunity to run against Jones: Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama.

Seth Morrow, a spokesman for the congressional leader, told CNN that Byrne has “determined that he is interested in running” but do not expect to make a final decision “until next spring.”

Some in the state seem to think Byrne’s mind is already ready. “He runs,” Jonathan Gray, an Alabama republican strategist, said in an interview. “Has Bradley announced? Not public. But conversations happen.”

Supporters have encouraged Rep. Mo Brooks to run to the Senate again after he ran into the Republican prime president in 2017, but the congressman told Byrne that at this point it is “unlikely” he will run in 2020, an Alabama republic near Congressman Brooks told CNN.

When asked if he would run again, Brooks told CNN: “Bradley Byrne looks like he’s up and running – talk to him.”

Democrats are looking for pickup

With so many places to defend, Republicans could defeat Jones and still lose the Senate. But it would be a hard beat for the Democrats, who would have to win even more seats to win a majority, perhaps by winning the open seat left by the departing Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl or by defeating existing senators like Thom Tillis in North Carolina, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of Maine.

For now they are jockeying for the opportunity. In North Carolina, “the name people talk about most” is the state since Jeff Jackson, according to Gary Pearce, a long-term strategist in the state, allowing others, including a woman or some of the colors, to also pop up. [19659002] In Arizona, Grant Woods, former Secretary of State and former Chief of Staff of Sen. Sen. John McCain, former astronaut Mark Kelly, made for former Rep. Gabby Giffords, Rep Ruben Gallego and Greg Stanton, the former Phoenix Mayor elected to the House at midnight 2018 is on the list of potential candidates that democratic strategists have mentioned.

In Colorado, Crisanta Duran, Speaker of the Democratic House of the State House of Representatives and Mike Johnston, a former state senator who ran in the Democratic Governor Premier in 2018, told both to CNN that they are considering a senate run from 2020.

“I’ve had a large number of people who reach out to me and ask me if I would consider running,” Johnston said. “There has been a huge increase in phone calls and text messages since the election night.”

Crowdfunding Campaign Attempts to Maine

In Maine, the Democrats hope to sweep out of the Collins office, which will be the only Republican in New England’s 33-person congress delegation in the next congress. During the past year, she has fooled both Liberals and Conservatives like her voices to send Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and save the reasonable custody order from suspension.

Following the Kavanaugh poll, a crowdfunding campaign has increased nearly $ 4 million to support a future challenger to Collins.

“I think it has attracted a lot of people’s interest,” Toby McGrath, a political strategist in Maine who ran both Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns in the state, said about crowdfunding efforts. “I think many people will think about running.”

Even Democrats in the state, however, acknowledge that Collins is not easy to defeat. The Maine Republic has successfully won elections to the Senate four times already and has often won wide margins. Jared Golden, a Democrat who just angry a Republican seat in rural Maine, featured in his advertisements that he worked as an assistant to Collins.

“Overall, her voices have reflected quite well what her constituency is looking for,” said Lance Dutson, a strategist who worked with previous Collins campaigns. “And when it comes to making those tough 50-50 conversations, I think she does what she thinks is right and then moves forward.”

However, should Collins decide to run for re-election, she will likely face a tough environment of national interest in her race.

A number of names have been floated as potential democratic challengers to Collins.

Sara Gideon, the Democratic Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, “seriously consider” to run, according to spokesman Mary-Erin Casale.

Other names that have been discussed as potential challengers are Rep. Chellie Pingree, who failed to challenge Collins in a 2002 Senate Competition and Susan Rice, acting as a National Security Adviser in the Obama administration, speculated that she would enter the race after she tweeted me last month in response to a The tweet asks who would run for the senate’s place. Rice later said that she did not “make any announcements”, but she continued to weigh on Twitter with comments to Collins.

Other Senators to Keep an Eye on

While they are unlikely to change control over the Senate, there are a number of other senators whose loss would change the room’s makeup. Former senator John Kennedy in Louisiana is considering a run for governor.

“I think Gov. (John Bel) Edwards takes our state in the wrong direction, and I believe on the basis of the extensive poll I have done and I have seen that there are only two people who can beat him: one is Scalise and one I am, “told Kennedy for CNN, referring to House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, who has rejected interest in running for governor.

“I have not made a decision,” added Kennedy. “I have enjoyed being in the senate.”

There are also rumors about retirement around some members who have poured over the hall of Capitol for decades.

Cook’s political report states that seven Republicans will be 70 years or older at the time of the 2020 election: Sen. David Perdue from Georgia, Sen. Michael Enzi in Wyoming, Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, Sen James Risch from Idaho, Sen Lamar Alexander in Tennessee, Sen Pat Roberts, Kansas, and later James Inhofe, Oklahoma.

Unlike McConnell, who has already made moves to run for re-election, two of the oldest senators – Roberts and Inhofe – did not say whether they would go for another six-year period. [19659002] The “Roberts First Business Order” is to “complete the agricultural bill” which is “critical to our (agricultural) economy, according to spokesman Sarah Little.” With the ink in 2018 the barrel barely dry, Senator Roberts would like to give Kansans a breath before the campaign begins all over again. “

But at least one member of Congress would consider running Roberts, a fourth generation Chance, decided to retire after serving in the Chamber and the Senate for nearly 40 years. In interviews, Kansas’s political strategists note that the Rep Roger Marshall would be well-positioned to take over from Roberts if he would decide to retire. Earlier, Bob Dole, like current senator Roberts and Jerry Moran, represented all the massive first congressional district that Marshall now serves in the house.

Marshall , a obstetrician gynecologist who has delivered more than 5,000 children told CNN that he and his wife would “seriously talk about” running about Roberts, 82, retired. Marshall added that he would never ever fight the senator that he Roberts does not see retirement in the near future, that Roberts does a “good job” especially with Farm Bill and that he considers the senate a mentor.

“I will cross that bridge when we get there, “said Marshall. “I think Senator Roberts does not go anywhere. I can not just underline that we are fully supported by him.”

Inhofe, 84, told CNN that he will not “run again” 19659002] “The last time I ran, all they could say is” Inhofe you’re too old to be in the United States Senate “Inhofe said.” My response was when I was told to fly airplanes up and down, then I’m too old to fly in the United States Senate. “

Inhofe noted that he still flies upside down.

“It’s right – I qualify,” he said. “I have not made any plans to leave.”

CNN’s Adam Levy and Eric Bradner contributed to this report.

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