Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerCruz's dad: Trump 'would be worse than Hillary Clinton' With Ryan’s blessing, lawmakers press ahead with tax reform talks Big business will never appease the Left MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday projected confidence that President Obama’s widely-panned debate performance last week has not hurt Democrats’ chances to retain the Senate.
“First I think we’re doing well. If you look at it state by state, and we are doing much better than we thought a couple of years ago,” he told reporters at a news conference on tax reform. “I think that continues, and I haven’t seen any change in that since the debate.”
Polls have not yet fully absorbed the aftermath of the Oct. 3 debate down the ticket. President Obama is now trailing GOP challenger Mitt Romney in several post-debate polls, however.
At this point, polls indicate Democratic candidates Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownLawmaker offers bill to impose 'exit tax' on expatriating companies For Clinton, there's really only one choice for veep Let the Democratic veepstakes begin MORE, Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillBill would target retaliation against military sexual assault victims Senate Dem takes on drugmaker: ‘It’s time to slaughter some hogs’ Week ahead: Drug pricing back in focus MORE, Tim KaineTim KaineDem senator compares Obama's moves in Syria to Putin's in Ukraine Let the Democratic veepstakes begin Clinton allies ridicule Trump's ‘America first’ doctrine MORE and Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinThe Trail 2016: The campaign that never sleeps Dem senator: 'I am a human being and a superdelegate’ Senate Dems press McConnell, GOP on Supreme Court MORE are leading their tight races to hold Democratic seats in Ohio, Missouri, Virginia, and Wisconsin, respectively. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenClinton: There are a lot of qualified people for VP Warren: Trump's sexism is as obvious as his 'bad hair' Sanders-Warren ticket would sweep the nation MORE could give Democrats a gain in Massachusetts, if polls are to be believed.
Democrats are more likely to lose Sen. Jon TesterJon TesterElizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth Senators subpoena EPA officials over mine waste spill The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE’s (D-Mont.) seat and the seat vacated by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who caucuses with Democrats, would likely be replaced by Republican Linda McMahon if the election were held today.
Schumer also said he does not think Romney will win the election. He said he agrees with analysis by New York Times' blogger Nate Silver, which still has Obama winning the Electoral College in the wake of the debate.
“He didn’t back off his prediction that the president has a decent chance of winning with a significant number of electoral votes,” Schumer noted.