Democrats hold a 51-seat majority in the U.S. Senate.
Chuck Schumer is playing defense to defend his majority in 2024.
And a top Senate Democrat just made one surprising announcement that could mean bad news for Joe Biden in 2024.
33 U.S. Senate seats are up for re-election in 2024.
Of those 33, 23 are currently either held by Democrats or left-leaning Independents.
Donald Trump won six of the 33 states with Senate seats up in 2024 by double digits in at least one of his Presidential races.
Democrats know they’re in for a tough battle in 2024, which is why the Party currently does not have a Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), who chaired the DSCC in 2022, has announced that he no longer wants to remain in the position.
But to make matters worse for Chuck Schumer, Michigan Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow, a member of leadership, announced her plans to retire in 2024.
“Inspired by a new generation of leaders, I have decided to pass the torch in the U.S. Senate,” Stabenow wrote in a statement. “I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election and will leave the U.S. Senate at the end of my term on January 3, 2025.”
“When my term ends, I intend to begin a new chapter in my life that includes continuing to serve our State outside of elected office while spending precious time with my amazing 96-year-old mom and my wonderful family,” Stabenow added.
Inspired by a new generation of leaders, I have decided to pass the torch in the U.S. Senate. I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election and will leave the U.S. Senate at the end of my term on January 3, 2025.
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) January 5, 2023
Stabenow’s retirement makes Michigan a key state in 2024, as Joe Biden only won it with roughly 50.5 percent in the 2020 election.
As Breitbart News reported, “not having an incumbent Democrat senator in Michigan could end up helping the Republicans’ chances across the state, while a GOP candidate for Senate and president would be at the top of the ticket.”
Republicans are excited for the opportunity to pick up a seat in Michigan.
And the fact that Democrats still don’t have a Chair for the DSCC makes Michigan even that much more important for the GOP.
“Senate Democrats don’t even have a campaign chair yet, and they are already dealing with a major retirement,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Communications Director Mike Berg said. “We are going to aggressively target this seat in 2024,” he continued, adding that “this could be the first of many Senate Democrats who decide to retire rather than lose.”
Chuck Schumer only has a narrow 51-seat majority.
The DSCC was already planning to spend millions to protect vulnerable Democrat Senators in 2024, money that takes away from Joe Biden’s re-election efforts assuming he seeks a second term.
And Stabenow’s retirement is another headache Joe Biden and the Democrats will be forced to deal with in 2024.
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