Last year offered hope that the Republicans could gain control of the US Senate this year by winning 5 additional seats. Six Democrats have announced their retirements and their seats will be up for grabs.
In December, Karl Rove, political strategist and former Deputy Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush predicted that the GOP will win control of the Senate. In 2013, Rove made 15 political predictions and was correct on 10 of those predictions.
With a 10-4-1 record, Rove is predicting that Republicans will maintain power in the House and will end up with 50 or 51 seats in the Senate after the 2014 elections are counted. Rove stated:
“The GOP will most likely end up with 50 or 51 Senate seats (in the former case, keeping Vice President Joe Biden fully occupied for two years presiding over the chamber). Control of the Senate may not be decided until December’s Louisiana runoff.”
“Propelled by union contributions, Democrats will outspend Republicans overall in House and Senate races.”
Recent polls are now indicating that one incumbent Democratic Senator stands to lose her seat to a Republican. Sen. Kay Hagen (D-NC) is struggling in the early polls against both of the possible GOP opponents. North Carolina’s Republican Speaker of the State House of Representatives Thom Tillis leads Hagen in the polls 47% to 40%. Dr. Gregg Brannon, a tea party activist also leads Hagen in the polls 43% to 39%.
Why is Hagen trailing in the polls? Her support of Obama and Obamacare! Hagen also voted to repeal the military’s ‘don’t ask don’t tell.’ She opposed North Carolina’s constitutional amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman and she fully supports same-sex marriage. Hagen also opposed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks.
Mark Creech, Executive Director of Christian Action League of North Carolina told OneNewsNow:
“Kay Hagan went into office, I would suggest, on the coattails … of Obama’s surge in 2008, but that’s not going to hold momentum. I’m not surprised the polls are showing her falling back. And I anticipate that she will be beaten soundly in 2014.”
The Republican primary in North Carolina will be held May 6. That will determine who the GOP candidate facing Hagen will be who stands a good chance of becoming the next US Senator from North Carolina.