Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerCBO: 18 million could lose coverage after ObamaCare repeal Week ahead: Trump's health pick takes the hot seat Schumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal 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 BrownOvernight Finance: Smooth path for Commerce pick after hearing | Treasury nominee to defend foreclosure record | GOP tax turmoil Brown asks for FBI files tied to Mnuchin company Senate Democrats brace for Trump era MORE, Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillSenators introduce dueling miners bills GOP must avoid Dems' mistakes when replacing ObamaCare Live coverage: Mattis confirmation hearing for Pentagon MORE, Tim KaineTim KaineBooker to vote against Tillerson Senate Democrats brace for Trump era Senators introduce dueling miners bills MORE and Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinFive takeaways from Price's confirmation hearing Live coverage: Tom Price's confirmation hearing Overnight Healthcare: CBO projects 18M could lose coverage after ObamaCare repeal MORE are leading their tight races to hold Democratic seats in Ohio, Missouri, Virginia, and Wisconsin, respectively. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTrump Treasury pick to defend foreclosure record Five takeaways from Price's confirmation hearing Senate panel approves Mattis for Defense secretary MORE could give Democrats a gain in Massachusetts, if polls are to be believed.
Democrats are more likely to lose Sen. Jon TesterJon TesterSenators introduce dueling miners bills Live coverage: The Senate's 'vote-a-rama' Dems attack Trump SEC pick's ties to Wall Street 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.