CNN Senior Data Reporter Harry Enten admitted Democrats are in for a major uphill struggle in the 2024 election.
Mostnostleby, the hammer will fall in the U.S. Senate due to a significant announcement made Thursday.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will not seek re-election in the face of a challenge coming from Republican Governor Jim Justice, who now enjoys a lead in the polls thanks to former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.
As The Daily Caller reported, CNN host Omar Jiminez asked Enten to lay out the Senate landscape going into 2024, and how Manchin’s withdrawal affects Democrats.
As noted by The Daily Caller, CNN’s Omar Jiminez asked Enten to lay out the Senate landscape going into the 2024 race and what difference Manchin’s withdrawal makes.
“Harry … lay it out for me, what is the Senate landscape going into 2024 and how big of a difference could this make?” CNN’s Omar Jimenez asked.
“Look, the Senate seats that are up in 2024, 23 Democrats are up, only 11 Republicans are up right?” Enten said.
“So the vast majority of folks are Democrats going up and of course, they only have 51 seats in the U.S. Senate, they can afford to lose at most just one seat, and Joe Manchin is not alone.”
“Look, Senate seats with no incumbent running in 2024, retiring, look here, Democrats five and Republicans two, so already a vulnerable map for Democrats becomes more vulnerable with Manchin deciding to step aside.”
“And even in that particular race, you know, we know that on the Republican side, West Virginia governor Jim Justice he’s polled pretty well, and regardless of whether Manchin stayed in the race, it would have been a very tough race.”
“So outside of that one, who are the most vulnerable seats that we are looking at here?” Jimenez asked.
“Take a look. There are seven Democratic seats up in 2024 in states that Trump won at least once,” Enten responded.
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(D) Manchin 28%
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(R) Trump 59% (+36)
(D) Biden 23%
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“You mention West Virginia, but it’s not the only one. You’ve got Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Arizona,” Enten said.
“All these seven seats are up, and again, Democrats can only afford to lose at most one seat, compare that, look at this, GOP Senate seats up 2024 in states Trump lost at least once, it is zero. It is zero.”
“So comparing seven to zero, you see that Democrats have a lot more vulnerable ground, and why is that so important, Omar?”
“Here’s why it’s so important. The same party won the Senate and presidential race in a state. Look at this, in 2016, was 34 out of 34, that was the first time it ever happened.”
“And look at this in 2020, we followed up with 34 of 35, so the fact that there are so many democratic seats up in potentially red states that’s very bad news,” he continued.