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McConnell tamps down expectations on GOP Senate takeover

Patrick Semansky/AP
FILE - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, a compromise less ambitious than Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets party goals of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is sounding less confident in a Republican takeover of the evenly-divided Senate in the fall.

While the Kentucky senator is sticking with predictions that his party will regain control of the House of Representatives, new comments reveal McConnell is less certain he’ll be moving into the majority leader spot after November.

At a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the GOP leader downplayed expectations when it comes to his chamber.

"There's probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different. They're state-wide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome."
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

In a number of states including Ohio and Georgia, Republican voters have selected a slate of newcomer candidates backed by former President Donald Trump, which could make Republican prospects more precarious in the fall.

Still, history would suggest the party out of power typically has the momentum going into the midterms of a president’s first time.

McConnell went on to predict Americans are likely to see a Senate where Republican and Democratic representation remains either evenly-divided or leans only slightly in one direction.

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