McConnell sees 50-50 chance of GOP winning back Senate majority

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Republicans have even odds of winning back the Senate majority in this fall’s elections.

“Fifty-fifty. I think it is going to be a very close, competitive election,” McConnell said on CNN.


Republicans currently hold 47 seats in the upper chamber but see chances to bring a number of currently Democratic seats into GOP hands, such Nebraska and Virginia, where there’s a tight race to replace retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.).

“There are a number of places where we have opportunities for pick-ups, not many places where we have much chance of losing a seat,” McConnell said on the CNN program "State of the Union."

“I think at the end of the day we are going to have a very narrow Senate one way or the other,” he added.

McConnell said Republicans expect to win Virginia and Massachusetts, where incumbent Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is facing a challenge from Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the typically blue state.