Three Republican Senators up for reelection in 2020 have negative approvals in their home states.
Collins in Maine, Gardner in Colorado, Tillis in North Carolina, and McSally in Arizona will surely be the biggest targets for the Democrats. Eleven Republicans rate at below 46% approval but most are in very Republican states and will be difficult to defeat.
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) saw a 16-point drop in her net approval, the biggest decline of anyone in the Senate.
- Trump could be a drag in Iowa, where his net approval is 20 points worse than that of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).
- Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) has a 23-point advantage over Trump’s net approval
|mitCh McConnell (KY)||36%||50% (-14)|
|Susan Collins (ME)||45%||48% (-3)|
|Thom Tillis (NC)||33%||35% (-2)|
|Cory gardner (CO)||37%||37% (0)|
|Martha McSally (AZ)||40%||37% (+3)|
|joni Ernst (IA)||42%||38% (+5)|
|Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS)||42%||35% (+7)|
|Dan Sullivan (AK)||44%||29% (+15)|
|James Inhofe (OK)||44%||28% (+16)|
|John Cornyn (TX)||43%||25% (+18)|
|Bill Cassidy (LA)||45%||26% (+19)|
Mitch McConnell is the least popular in all the Senate but has survived many elections without being especially popular in Kentucky. There may be an interesting prelude in Kentucky in 2019 as Republican Governor Matt Bevin seeks reelection. Bevin is the most unpopular governor (32%-56%) in the country and will have to lean on Trump’s popularity in Kentucky to carry his campaign.
Senator Isakson in Hospital
Georgia Senator Johnny Issacson, 74 years old, is being hospitalized after breaking four ribs. He also cracked three ribs in 2015 and has other health issues.
Isakson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013, revealed the diagnosis in 2015 and handily won reelection in 2016. He sometimes has difficulty navigating the Capitol on foot these days and occasionally uses a wheelchair or a cane.
His term will be up in 2022.