GOP Goes on the Offensive in Key Senate Races

With less than a month until the midterm elections, Republicans are going on the offensive in several Senate races as part of a reinvigorated effort not only to hold onto their slim majority in the upper chamber but potentially expand it.

The GOP’s chances of flipping key seats currently held by Democrats in Trump-won territory seem to be improving — especially in North Dakota, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is slipping further behind GOP challenger Kevin Cramer.

Meanwhile, Republicans are strengthening their position to hold seats that Democrats are fighting to flip. Analysts are warning that Democrats, who extensively focused in recent months on longshot bids to derail Republican candidates in reliably red states, may have neglected critical Midwest battleground states in a miscalculation reminiscent of the 2016 presidential election.

Three pivotal Senate races have shifted in the GOP’s favor in Fox News’ latest Power Rankings, with Texas and North Dakota now considered likely Republican wins, and Tennessee changing from a toss-up to the lean-Republican column.