>> It's nasty, it's dirty, it's unfair, but you know what, it's worth it.>> As Democrats look to take control of the US Senate, they need to hold onto the seats that are up for re-election, and pick up just two more. But actually, making that happen is turning out to be a lot harder than it sounds.
I'm Jim Oliphant, for Reuters. Democrats are fighting, really, what essentially is a two-front war. They have to hold on to seats in several states that Donald Trump won in 2016, while also taking two more seats in conservative-leaning states. Right now, there are at least seven Senate races that can be considered toss-ups.
And the path for Democrats is looking tougher than it did even a few weeks ago, and nowhere is that more clear than in Arizona.>> Want to work even more->> Democrat Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema has run what many have considered to be one of the best Senate campaigns in the country.
>> Every one of us understands how important this election is.>> But as Election Day approaches, her opponent, Martha McSally, a member of Congress, has seen a little bit of a boost.>> It's a choice between a doer and a talker.>> Sinema has painted herself as a moderate, trying to reach out to Arizona's independent voters in a state that went for Trump in 2016.
>> What they do care about is, who's gonna get stuff done->> And she has shown staying power in the race that has gotten the attention of well-funded national Republican advocacy groups that are pouring money into Arizona, and hammering Sinema on the airwaves. And some of those attacks have taken a toll.
One large problem for the Democrats this year is that a lot of the energy and the activity has been with its progressive base. And that's been very helpful in elections for the House of Representatives. But has not transferred very well to the Senate, where you have to run state-wide campaigns, with lots of different kinds of voters.
Nowhere is this more epitomized than in Texas, with Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke, who's been running against Republican Ted Cruz.>> Hey, how are you doing?>>
>> O'Rourke's candidacy has drawn a disproportionate share of both media attention and money. And some Democrats have complained that money that is going to O'Rourke, who is probably going to lose his race against Cruz, could go to other Democratic candidates.
Someone like Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona, that might be in more competitive races. The problem for Democrats is, even if they pull off an upset win in a place like Arizona, they have to worry about their own backyards. Specifically two states, Florida and Missouri, where Democratic incumbents Bill Nelson and Claire McCaskill are in trouble.
Democrats could lose these seats, and that's where Republicans are gonna hope they can press their advantage.