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GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips

With less than a month until the midterm elections, Republicans are now 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 to expand it significantly.

Meanwhile, 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 manner 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.

In Texas, a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke trailing incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz by 9 points. “Senator Cruz would have to suffer a major collapse for him to lose” his Senate seat, said Peter Brown, the poll’s assistant director. Read more

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GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips

GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips

GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips

GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips

GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips

GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips

GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips

GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips

GOP now on the offensive in several Senate races, could expand majority even if House flips