DEAR EDITOR:

The GOP has a dangerously misguided hope: that Donald Trump still has a chance to win the presidency on Nov. 3.

He doesn’t.

The harsh reality Republicans have to accept is that, as the political climate stands today, Donald Trump has practically no chance to get elected. Biden is up by double digits nationwide, and is not only poised to reclaim blue states that went for Trump in 2016, but swing states of all kinds, and even states that had been considered Republican bastions. Save the kind of scandal that sunk the Clinton campaign, Donald Trump is going to be a one-term president.

But Republicans refuse to admit this, instead hurling money at the Trump campaign in a desperate attempt to Frankenstein his re-election effort, not realizing this is one corpse that should remain buried. In their frantic attempts to restore the MAGA magnate to his former glory, they’re ignoring something much more fragile.

The Senate.

Republicans were favorites to keep the Senate at the start of the year, but that was before COVID and Floyd. Now, Donald Trump is dragging down Republicans everywhere — and nowhere is the effect more prevalent then in races for the Senate.

Since a Biden victory is all but foregone, Democrats only need 3 seats to have total control of government. Sen. Doug Jones is forecast to lose his Alabama seat, bringing the number Democrats need to 4. While this may seem like a daunting number at first, the Donkey Party is unfazed. They’re forecast to pick up a North Carolina seat, an Arizona seat, and a Colorado seat, leaving them just one contest short. But surely, because the GOP understands how important this is, Republicans have ramped up their efforts and have now got these contests on lock, right?

Wrong.

Sure, they’re jamming competitive races with funds, but in many places they’re being staggering outraised by their challengers — and it’s having an effect. In Maine, Susan Collins has been trailing slightly. In Montana, Democrat Steve Bullock has been leading more often than not. Iowa is basically even, and in almost a dozen other races Democrats have a fighting chance, including the stunner — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

If Republicans aren’t careful, they’re liable to lose everything they care for. If the Elephant Party can’t get this through its skull, just four years after having it all, it’ll be gone.

Rafe Tycho

Marietta

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