GOP Eyes Blumenthal’s Senate Seat

GOP Eyes Blumenthal's Senate Seat

( – The last time a Republican held a US Senate seat in Connecticut ended in 1988 when Joe Lieberman (D-CT) defeated Sen. Lowell Weicker (R-CT). The state is overwhelmingly blue but, on occasion, votes for a moderate Republican governor. In November, the political winds could change for the first time in a long time as Republicans grow more optimistic they can take back both the US House and Senate.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has spent over 30 years in Connecticut state politics. His name recognition is universal, and he has a $7.5 million campaign war chest to use in this year’s election. Still, Republicans hope to take advantage of Blumenthal’s mistakes if they field the right candidate.

The state GOP believes former two-decade-long General Assemblywoman and leader of the state House Republican caucus, Themis Klarides, can beat the long-term Democratic politician in a head-to-head showdown. To bring down Blumenthal, the GOP is likely to tie him to the Communist Party after he attended an event in December with party ties. Still, in Connecticut, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans with 825,000 voters to 465,000 voters. Republicans will need to sway a sizable majority of the 930,000 unaffiliated voters to win.

Democrats say whatever Blumenthal’s shortcomings, they aren’t worried.

Stay tuned. It could be an interesting race in Connecticut. Republicans flipped Virginia and powerful House seats in New Jersey. So, anything can happen in 2022.

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