It looks like Arizona and Nevada are on the brink of becoming beachfront property. Republican Senate candidates are stumbling under the weight of the Trump albatross around their necks just as a tidal wave of highly engaged Democratic voters appears ready to crash on top of them:
Democratic candidates in upcoming Senate races in Arizona and Nevada hold slight edges over their respective Republican opponents, a poll released Thursday found.
A poll conducted by Axios and SurveyMonkey found Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) leads each of her potential Republican opponents in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
In Nevada, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) holds a slight edge over incumbent Sen. Dean Heller (R).
Both Arizona and Nevada are considered key states for Democrats if they hope to take control of the Senate.
If the string of brutal special election losses and skin of their teeth victories already had Republican panicking, this should have them committing Hari Kari in the streets. Losing the Senate means the end of the Republican scheme to fill the judicial branch with extremists. It also means that if a Supreme Court Justice retires (or kicks the gavel), the Democrats will almost certainly hold that seat open until a Democratic candidate wins the 2020 election. Republicans will scream bloody murder about it but after their shameless theft of a Supreme Court seat in 2016, no one outside of Fox News is going to be particularly sympathetic to their outrage.
A good deal of the GOP’s problem is Donald Trump and his daily insanity/corruption/incompetence but a lot of it is also the fact that the left learned its lesson (again) about being lazy voters. They’re not just angry about Trump (although they’re really angry), they’re fired up to vote for causes they believe in and to stop the Republican assault on everything decent in America. That’s a one-two punch the GOP is going to have an extremely difficult time countering with their usual propaganda and voter suppression efforts.
A lot can happen between now and November but if things continue at this pace, Arizona and Nevada Republicans are going to have to learn a new phrase: Surf’s up!