Do Senate toss-ups mean toss-out predictions for 'red wave'?

Do Senate toss-ups mean toss-out predictions for 'red wave'?

Do Senate toss-ups mean toss-out predictions for 'red wave'?

Chances of a Republican takeover of the Senate are growing bleaker, despite the fact Joe Biden's popularity remains in the tank.

Thanks to the newly passed but misnamed Inflation Reduction Act, billions of taxpayer dollars will be spent on inefficient green energy programs, while 87,000 new IRS agents will be hired for what many people believe will be to prey upon the middle class. Yet polls show that the American people aren't likely to hold Democratic lawmakers accountable in the fall midterms.

Gary Bauer, chairman of American Values, isn't optimistic the GOP will emerge from Election Day 2022 as the majority party in the Senate.

Bauer, Gary (American Values) Bauer

"Look, I think the evidence is growing every day that there isn't going to be a 'red wave,'" he tells AFN. "I cannot come up with any map, if the election were held today, where Republicans gain control of the United States Senate.

"The Democrats have out fund-raised us, [and] the Republican Senatorial Committee has not been running an issues-oriented campaign. They think all they have to do is point to Joe Biden and say he's a failed president – but Joe Biden is not on the ballot."

RealClearPolitics shows in its current "Battle for the Senate 2022" map a 46-46 draw between the two major parties – and eight "toss-up" states. One of the states that has moved into the toss-up column is Ohio, where Trump-backed GOP candidate J.D. Vance (pictured above) – in a contest against Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan – is struggling to hold on to a seat that had been held by retiring Republican Rob Portman.

Tom Zawistowski, president of the Ohio-based We the People Convention, is clearly dissatisfied with how that head-to-head race is shaping up. "I am absolutely outraged by the pathetic campaign that the Vance people are running. You talk about amateur hour? These people are totally unqualified," he responds.

Zawistowski, Tom (We the People Convention) Zawistowski

And yet Zawistowski believes the voters of Ohio are going to rescue him.

"He's not going to win - we're going to win," he emphasizes. "We're going to drag him across the finish line. Even though he's incompetent and Trump should have never endorsed him, 'we the people' in Ohio will carry him over the finish line."

The seven other toss-up Senate races, according to RealClearPolitics, are Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.