Wave of Retirements in U.S. Senate Puts GOP on Red Alert

(ReliableNews.org) – In January, Republicans lost control of the Senate after the Democratic Party picked up two seats in Georgia. The party is hoping that they will win back the majority in 2022, but a recent wave of retirements might make that difficult.

On Monday, March 7, Senator Roy blunt (R-MO) announced he would not be running for office again. The lawmaker thanked his constituents for giving him the opportunity to do the job.

Blunt’s announcement made him the fifth Republican to announce he wouldn’t be seeking reelection in the next election. GOP Senators Richard Shelby (AL), Pat Toomey (PA), Richard Burr (NC) and Rob Portman (OH) have also said they won’t run again. Although some of the seats are considered safe, after the Georgia election, voters have seen that a state couple easily flip.

Republicans technically only need one seat to gain a majority. However, these five retirements means they will also have to fight off five serious Democratic challengers. That could make winning the Senate back more difficult than originally anticipated and the GOP needs to prepare for that.

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