Welcome to the 21st century, when the political cycles are ongoing, and the first act of new lawmakers once the new session starts is — what else? — fundraising for reelection.
Democrats start 2020 in a solid position, though they remain in the minority in the upper chamber of Congress. Of the 12 Democratic seats up for re-election, only two are from states President Donald Trump won in 2016 — Alabama’s Doug Jones and Michigan’s Gary Peters. Republicans have more seats to defend, with 22 GOP seats on the line.“The map looks good for the Democrats — I’ll tell you that,” Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, the new chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told CNN.Democrats will have opportunities to flip seats and potentially win back the majority in 2020. But the party could face difficult races against Republican incumbents in purple states like Maine and Colorado. Democrats will also have to defend the most vulnerable seat currently on the map in the deep red state of Alabama.