Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that the November legislative elections will be "very challenging" for Republicans and alarms that they may have difficulty staying in the Senate.
The red flag of concern and the rigorous assessment of his party's chances this fall comes as President Donald Trump has an average approval rating of 41 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.
Independent political forecasters are giving Democrats a strong chance of regaining control of the House, but it is believed that Republicans are in a good position to maintain the Senate.
McConnell, seen here with the president of the Republican Leaders, Donald Trump, and President Paul Ryan, is concerned about the chances of his party in the November elections
Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskil is in a difficult race this year
Like the Democratic senator from North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp
McConnell's warning came during a session with reporters in Kentucky, where a harsh note rang out about the possibilities of the game.
He pointed out that the wind is going to be on our face & # 39; with several decisive senatorial races that show that the polls are tight.
He said he was "dead" even in the Senate contests in Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia and Florida.
Senate Democrats Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida are seen as particularly challenging for Democrats.
"They're all too close to call and each one of them is like a knife fight in an alley," McConnell said of the nine contests he named. "It's just a fight in each of those places."
He acknowledged the historical trend that shows that the president's party often loses control of Capitol Hill in the mid-term contest after the election of the president.
"You can not revoke the story, and in almost every election, two years after a new administration, the presidential party loses seats, they do not always lose their bodies, but they almost always lose seats. be a very challenging election on the Senate side, "added McConnell.
Earlier this year, it was felt that Republicans had a favorable map that should allow them to maintain their 51-49 majority in the Senate.
The Democrats are playing defense to maintain 10 seats in the states that Trump won in the 2016 elections. In addition, the Democrats have 24 incumbents and the two independents who meet with them to maintain their seats, while only nine Republican seats They are available this year.
Three of the contests that McConnell named – Arizona, Nevada and Tennessee – are currently in the hands of Republican senators.
McConnell acknowledged that Senator Ted Cruz has a competitive career
Democratic candidate Beto O & # 39; Rourke showed a strong fundraising number and is becoming competitive in the polls in his battle with Cruz
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker will retire after this year, and Nevada Senator Dean Heller is considered the most vulnerable Republican incumbent while running in a state won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
McConnell also acknowledged that Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas could be in trouble after Democratic candidate Beto O & # 39; Rourke showed a strong fundraising number and competed in the polls.
"I think Ted has a competitive race by all indications," McConnell said. "We certainly hope to win in Texas, but I think he has a competitive career."