Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed some concerns Thursday about his Democratic chances in Georgia in the final weeks before Georgia’s midterm elections, but remained optimistic after the candidate’s latest debate in Pennsylvania.
“The state we’re going downhill from is Georgia. It’s hard to believe they’re going to go for Herschel Walker,” the Democratic leader said of the Republican Senate nominee, later adding, “But our vote, our early turnout in Georgia is tremendous.”
Of Pennsylvania Gov. John Fetterman’s controversial performance against Republican Mehmet Oz, Schumer said, “It seems like the controversy hasn’t hurt us too much in Pennsylvania … so that’s good.”
The overheard comments came during a conversation between Schumer, President Joe Biden and New York Governor Kathy Hochul on the tarmac at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, New York. Biden gave a speech Thursday as part of his closing address in the state, where he painted Republicans as a threat to Americans’ pocketbooks.
With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Democrats are struggling to hold on to a narrow 50-50 majority in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote. Both Georgia, which the Democrats hold, and Pennsylvania, which represents the best chance to flip the seat, are critical to that mission.
“In that seat, we are in danger in that seat. … We’ll see,” Schumer could be heard saying, though it’s unclear which seat she was referring to.
The Democratic leader said his party was “picking up steam” in Nevada, where Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is among the party’s weakest incumbents.
The Georgia race was rocked this week by allegations from a woman who says she had a years-long romantic relationship with Walker. In Wednesday’s press conference, she said that in 1993 he pressured her to have an abortion. Walker, who has already been accused by an ex-girlfriend of encouraging him to have the procedure and then kicking back the cost, has denied each claim. lie. CNN has not independently confirmed the first lady’s allegations. He has remained anonymous in public reports.
Most polls show Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who is running for a six-year term, with a slim lead over Walker in the final stretch of the campaign.
Abortion rights have been hotly debated not only in Georgia, but also in Pennsylvania, where Fetterman sought to draw voters’ attention to Oz’s comments about the procedure during this week’s debate. The Republican said that “local politicians” should be involved in women’s medical decisions.
“You can’t vote for a clown on Roe v. Wade,” Fetterman told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Thursday, adding that Oz’s comments showed “what he really thinks about abortion.”
But while Democrats immediately seized on Oz’s comments in paid ads, post-debate attention focused on the effects of Fetterman’s stroke.
“We wanted to be there and we thought it was important to be there. And we showed up,” the Democrat told Reid. “And when I was beaten, I always got up. And, to me, that’s really the essence of our campaign, that we’re standing up for any Pennsylvanian who needs to stand up again. And that’s what we’re really after.”
The latest polls in the Keystone State show a tight race.