Republican control of the U.S. Senate could be up for grabs in the West. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, the scourge of Donald Trump, and Nevada Senator Dean Heller, the waiving vote on health care (he finally voted yes), are in the two most vulnerable Republican seats in the country. Both Flake and Heller face possible primaries from Trump supporters and very tough re-elections in states Trump just barely won (Arizona) or lost to Hillary Clinton (Nevada).
Democrats have vulnerabilities in Montana trying to re-elect
Senator Jon Tester in a state Trump won by 21 points and hanging on to North
Dakota is first-term Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. She won with only a 2,900-vote
margin while Trump took the state with 123,000 votes.
Democrats are hoping to win both Republican seats and hold
their two, but winning the Senate will be difficult. But for a Republican
disaster due to Trump’s 38 percent and declining approval rating, Democrats
should lose, not pick up ground in 2018 Senate elections because they are
defending so many seats, several of which, like Tester and Heitkamp, are in
Trump country (e.g., Indiana, Missouri and West Virginia).