ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
WASHINGTON – There are 29 days remaining until the midterm elections. Of the 33 senators running for reelection, all eyes are on 10 senators widely seen as the most vulnerable to lose their seats. Of those 10, 8 are Democrats and 2 are Republicans.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) is widely seen as the most vulnerable Democratic senator. Although she is well liked, she is a Democrat in a ruby-red state. On top of that, she is running against a popular Republican representative, Kevin Cramer. In 2016, President Donald Trump won the state by 36 points.
The most vulnerable Republican senator may be Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.). Heller is running against freshman Democrat, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.). He is the only GOP incumbent in Nevada, a state Hillary Clinton carried by 2 points in 2016.
Other at-risk senators include Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). Except for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), these other senators are all Democrats.
Doug Christian, Washington