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New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has apparently not ruled out possibly challenging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in the 2022 midterm elections.
During a CNN interview that will air on Monday night, AOC raised some eyebrows when discussing what she might have planned in the very near future.
“I know it drives everybody nuts. But the way that I really feel about this, and the way that I really approach my politics and my political career is that I do not look at things and I do not set my course positionally,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“I know there’s a lot of people who do not believe that. But I really — I can’t operate the way that I operate and do the things that I do in politics while trying to be aspiring to other things or calculating to other things,” she added.
AOC also gave Schumer a little bit of praise in the interview before cryptically suggesting she’s keeping her options open.
“For what it’s worth, Senator Schumer and I have been working very closely on a lot of legislation and that, to me, is important,” AOC said.
“And so, we shall see,” she added.
Perhaps Ocasio-Cortez is considering running for the U.S. Senate next year because Republicans have a strong chance of winning back control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Three-quarters of senior Capitol Hill aides think Republicans are going to win back control of the House in the 2021 midterm elections.
Punchbowl News surveyed several senior Capitol Hill aides and reported that a whopping 73 percent think Republicans will take the speaker’s gavel from Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi next November.
Republicans need a net gain of 5 seats to regain the House majority in the midterms next November.
Seventy-five percent of Hill staffers believe Democrats will retain the Senate majority.
Democrats currently have a 50-50 split with Republicans in Congress’s upper chamber.
Fifty-eight percent of Hill staffers also believe that enhanced unemployment benefits are hurting the labor market, while only 24 percent think it is helping Americans obtain employment.
The GOP has another big advantage now: they are raking in historical amounts of money.
Republicans set a fundraising record for the third month in a row and now have $42.1 million in cash on hand with zero dollars in debt.
The National Republican Congressional Committee raised over $14 million in May as it builds resources toward next year’s elections.
The NRCC highlights that May was its third straight record-breaking fundraising month.
But the impressive $14 million haul included a transfer of $5 million from the Republican National Committee.
And the NRCC says it ended May with more than $42.1 million cash on hand – more than double the amount it had in its coffers at this point in the last election cycle – and zero debt.
House Republicans also have history on their side as they aim to regain the chamber.
The party that controls the White House, which is currently the Democrats, on average loses roughly 25 House seats in the midterm elections.
And the once-in-a-decade redistricting process – pegged to the 2020 census – is expected to generally favor Republicans over Democrats.
Former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy predicted that Biden’s radical agenda will cost Democrats to lose the House next November.
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