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Blue State Democratic Senator May Face Tough Reelection Battle Despite 18-Point Win In 2016

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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is facing a potentially tough reelection battle, a bad sign for Democrats looking to stave off a potential “red wave” in the midterm elections.

Murray leads a hypothetical Republican opponent by just three points, according to a Crosscut/Elway poll released Sunday, with 42% of respondents indicating they would vote for Murray while 39% said they would choose a Republican. Another 19% of respondents said they were still undecided.

The poll comes as Republicans have signaled increasing optimism about the possibility of a “red wave” in 2022, which they hope will result in the GOP regaining control of both the House and the Senate.

“I’ve been telling Democrats, especially Democrats in targeted seats: Enjoy the holidays, and you got a decision to make: retire or lose next fall,” Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, told The Hill last month.

Democrats currently only hold a five-seat majority in the House, a slim margin many in both parties expect to be toppled by the Republicans. While the map looks more favorable in the Sena… (Read more)