A political analyst and former Republican leader says a victory
for Mitt Romney in the presidential race could help the GOP gain
control of the Senate.
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) recently surged back
into the lead in several polls, including Rasmussen Reports, in his Senate race in The
Badger State against open lesbian Tammy Baldwin (D). Thompson and
other Republicans were favored early in the campaign but lost
ground when Barack Obama surged in the presidential polls.
the momentum for Romney, the pendulum is swinging back toward
the GOP in several key Senate races. Tom Pauken, who served on
President Ronald Reagan's team and as chairman of the Republican Party of
Texas, finds that telling.
"What happens in a presidential year is a lot of people come out
to vote only [every] four years -- and so if they come out to
vote, they tend to pull the party lever and just vote Republican or
vote Democrat," he offers.
"So it is encouraging to see the shifting momentum in this race.
Clearly the Obama campaign is on the defensive."
The political analyst says the race in Wisconsin and the contest
between Todd Akin (R) and Claire McCaskill (D) in Missouri are
critical in the GOP's strategy to wrestle control of the
Senate away from the Democratic Party and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid (D-Nevada).