Dems have 'narrow path' to Senate, says ex-Obama strategist

Former Obama campaign strategist Joel Benenson said on Friday that Democrats have a "narrow path" to taking back the Senate in November. 

"I still think it's a narrow path. I think we have a chance to get there, but I wouldn't put it at, certainly not at 50-50 or better right now. I think we're in range of getting to a 50-50 chance based on what we're seeing," Benenson told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

While Democrats have high chances of taking back the House in November, winning the Senate will likely be more of an uphill battle for Democrats. 

Democrats need a net pickup of 2 seats, and only nine of the 35 seats up for election in November are held by Republicans. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE won in 10 of the 26 states in 2016 where Democrats are up for election.

"We also have some vulnerable incumbents, who we have to hang on to. So far like Sen. [Joe] Donnelly in Indiana has taken a lead, and that's helpful because he was considered vulnerable at one point. [Joe] Manchin [of West Virginia] looks pretty good," Benenson said. 

"[Jon] Tester looks good in Montana, but you know when you have [24] incumbents up, you've got to worry about [Claire] McCaskill in Missouri, [Bill] Nelson in Florida. There are places that you got to protect, and defend, and play offense," he continued. 

— Julia Manchester