Democrats are already bracing for potentially choppy waters in the upcoming 2024 election, with a new focus on one high-level senator who's facing a defeat against Republican challengers, at least according to the polls.
The Daily Caller reported that Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) could have a difficult reelection campaign he's "running within the margin of error against all three of his declared Republican challengers," the outlet reported.
The poll was conducted by East Carolina University, the first one of his reelection campaign. Brown is currently finishing his third Senate term.
The Daily Caller noted:
The poll, conducted by East Carolina University, showed him leading businessman Bernie Moreno 46-42, state Sen. Matt Dolan 45-44 and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose 44-42. All three matchups were within the poll’s four percent margin of error.
With Democrats already barely hanging on to some level of power in the upper chamber, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will likely do whatever it takes to bring Brown across the finish line.
Not only are the numbers good for the Republican challengers, some of them, like state Sen. Dolan, have a family with a $5.2 billion net worth.
🚨 2024 OHIO SENATE POLL
(D) Sherrod Brown: 45% (+1)
(R) Matt Dolan: 44%
(D) Sherrod Brown: 44% (+2)
(R) Frank LaRose: 42%
(D) Sherrod Brown: 46% (+4)
(R) Bernie Moreno: 42%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) June 29, 2023
Dolan is expected to spend large sums of money on his campaign, and that'll especially skyrocket if he continues to poll as well as he currently is.
Ohio's political landscape has significantly changed since Brown's election in 2007. Democrats once ran the executive and legislative branches, but that has all shifted to the right, and Republicans dominate the state's offices.
Social media users reacted to the possibility of Brown losing his seat to the other side of the aisle.
"No loss that I can see. He's been there too long already," one Twitter user wrote.
No loss that I can see. He's been there too long already.
— R T (@RDog861) July 1, 2023
Only time will tell if Brown loses his Senate seat, which he -- and many others -- once thought was impenetrable by the other side.
Times have changed, and American voters, even those on the left, seem poised to support someone -- anyone -- outside of the political status quo.