Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that his party only has a slim chance of winning control of the Senate.
It would be a "real stretch" for Republicans to win the 10 seats necessary to achieve a majority in the upper chamber, McConnell told reporters in Louisville, according to The Associated Press.
The AP reported that McConnell "predicted that after Election Day, the GOP will have a strong minority that can force solutions into the center."
Most election handicappers agree with McConnell and say that with only 41 senators, the GOP will likely not make enough gains to have a majority. Republicans, however, are expected to win back the House, according to The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll.
Despite earlier predictions that the GOP could take back the Senate in a wave election, the results of primary elections in states such as Delaware and Connecticut have made the prospects of a GOP Senate majority less likely.
That has not dampened the enthusiasm of some Senate Republicans like James Inhofe (Okla.), who told The Hill on Friday he has a "sure-win list" and predicted his party would take control of the upper chamber.