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McConnell says GOP in ‘knife fight’ to hold Senate majority

Author: Associated Press - September 11, 2018 - Updated: September 11, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks with reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump on his tax reform agenda, Capitol Hill in Washington in 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is referencing hurricanes to describe the “challenging election” that Senate Republicans are facing.

The Kentucky Republican says the “wind’s going to be in our face, we don’t know if it’s going to be Category 3, 4 or 5.” He named nine states, including Arizona and Nevada, as places where Senate races are “dead even,” NBC News reports.

“Every one of them like a knife fight in an alley, just a brawl in every one of those places,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday in Louisville. He says he hopes “when the smoke clears we’ll still have a majority in the Senate.”

Republicans have a slim 51-49 Senate majority, but have one big advantage in the election. They are defending only nine incumbent seats, while Democrats are defending 26.

Associated Press

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