POLITICS
07/16/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Senate Leader On Losing His Seat: "What Do You Mean?"

Polls show Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reason to worry about his seat. But it seems no one has told him:

"I'm going to be re-elected. What do you mean?" McConnell said when asked about his race at a briefing with reporters. He added that he had "heard rumors" that Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who is leading Democrats' Senate campaign effort, "would like for me to lose."

"I'm ahead, I've been ahead all year," McConnell said, estimating that Republicans have a "good chance of staying roughly where we are," with 49 seats in the Senate. Still others are predicting bigger Republican losses in the chamber of perhaps four or five seats.

The Huffington Post reported in June that McConnell's seat is in jeopardy:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was never expected to be challenged for his seat. A four-term incumbent from a deeply red state, his favorability ratings in Kentucky have stayed steadily over the 50 percent mark for much of the past year. But with the rapid disintegration of the Republican brand and with several self-made political missteps, McConnell now finds himself drawn into an electoral match-up once deemed an afterthought. A recent Survey USA poll had him beating his challenger Bruce Lunsford by a scant four percentage points: 50 percent to 46 percent.

McConnell recently admitted that it was "impossible" for the GOP to regain its majority this year.

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