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How the Senate could become even more gridlocked



FIFTY SHADES OF NAY — Oh, you think the polarization in Congress is bad now? Just imagine if there’s a 50-50 Senate. And looking at the current electoral map and state of the race, it’s not that hard to imagine.

“Everyone’s got leverage,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), though he added that “we’re just talking about pedal to the metal and hopefully winning as many [seats] as we can.”

But lawmakers agree it would make life hell for both parties.Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).

The fate of the legislative filibuster did not come up and neither did Trump, according to Democratic senators. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said he discussed the “dignity of work” on the call. Democratic incumbents also discussed their current races. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

ELECTION INSECURITY — Senate Republicans are renouncing Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that the results of the election “may never be” determined. Twitter officials flagged Trump’s tweet as ‘potentially misleading statement regarding the process of mail-in voting’ — and many GOP senators agreed.

“‘It’s just not accurate,’ Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), acting chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said when asked whether Trump’s comment was inappropriate.

THE GOP DID, however, back up Trump’s attacks on the head of the CDC.

LEADERSHIP RACE ALERT: “Mike Johnson to run for vice chairman of House GOP conference,” by The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke

HELPING HARRISON — The Senate Democrats’ campaign arm is making a seven-figure investment to help boost Democrat Jaime Harrison, who is trying to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The announcement comes after a new poll earlier this week showed that the race is tied, leading Harrison to raise an eye-popping $1 million in the day after the poll was published — and our friends at Playbook reported this morning that he brought in another $1 million-plus haul yesterday.

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