- Democrats are planning to unseat several key Republican Senators in the 2024 elections, with 33 out of 100 Senate seats up for grabs.
- Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, and Florida Senator Rick Scott are among the top targets for the Democrats.
- Despite the long odds in these states, Democrats are rallying significant resources and candidates to vie for these seats.
Democrats are gearing up for a significant push in the 2024 elections, aiming their sights at several key Republican Senators, according to a recent report from Politico.
This strategy comes in light of the crucial nature of this upcoming election cycle, where 33 out of the 100 U.S. Senate seats will be up for grabs.
Democrats currently hold 20 of these seats, with three Independents, who align with the Democratic Party, and the remaining 10 held by Republicans.
Notably under the Democrats’ crosshair are Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, and Rick Scott of Florida.
Sarah Guggenheimer, a spokesperson for the Democrat-aligned Senate Majority political action committee (PAC), stated that these Senators “have spent six years prioritizing their own ambitions and protecting their status as cartoon villains instead of doing their jobs.”
Taking on Ted Cruz, the incumbent Republican Senator from Texas, is a high-stakes venture, considering Democrats have not claimed a Senate race in Texas since 1988.
Nevertheless, Democrats are placing their hopes on Colin Allred, the former NFL linebacker and U.S. Representative for Texas’s 32nd District.
Allred has shown impressive fund-raising capabilities, managing to out-fundraise Cruz in just three months, accumulating a staggering $6.2 million by the end of June.
As for Missouri and Florida, the last time Democrats clinched Senate victories in these states was in 2012.
This time around, Hawley and Scott’s Democratic opponents, although they have a significant challenge ahead, are not backing down.
While the Democratic party’s focus on these high-profile Republicans might make for exciting headlines, it’s important to note that their strategy to retain control of the Senate does not solely rely on unseating these GOP Senators.
Senator Ted Cruz has acknowledged the growing competition, stating, “We are taking the race intensely seriously.”
“[Senate Majority Leader] Schumer has been explicit that my race is his No. 1 Republican target this next cycle,” he added.
In what’s shaping up to be a heated battle for Senate control, only time will tell if the Democrats’ daring strategy will pay off in the 2024 elections.