Why Republicans 'red wave' hopes are fading ahead of 2022 elections

By Gregory Korte, Steven T. Dennis and Mark Niquette

08 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

In the U.S., Republicans were supposed to have a landslide success in upcoming midterm congressional elections. But that’s looking increasingly less likely. Bloomberg explains why.

Republican leaders are scrambling to salvage the party's chances at a congressional majority and stave off an embarrassing midterm election performance in a year that the GOP was heavily favored to take control of both chambers.

Two top Republican senators have feuded over strategy amid a shortfall in fundraising and concerns about candidate recruitment. The party is playing defense in states where it currently holds Senate seats - North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - and is behind or in tight races for once-promising pickup opportunities in Democratic-held states like Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire.

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