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Pelosi Hints That Attack On Husband Will Play A Role On Potential Retirement

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may well be on her way out of her position following Tuesday’s midterm elections, but there is something else that is more likely to cause her to call it quits if Democrats lose their majority.

Expressly, the California Democrat indicated that the recent attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi, at their San Francisco home would make her decision to step away from Congress easier.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper noted during a Monday interview that there has “been a lot of discussion about whether you’d retire if Democrats lose the House.”

Pelosi responded by saying that the “decision will be affected by what happened the last week or two,” which led Cooper to ask: “Will your decision be impacted by the attack in any way?”

“Yes,” the Speaker said.

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“It will?” the anchor asked.

“Yes,” she said.

Polling for months has suggested that Republicans are on pace to easily win back control of the House, and in recent days, surveys have suggested that the party could also retake the Senate.

On Saturday, polling analysis publication FiveThirtyEight changed its Senate forecast from a “toss-up” to leaning Republican, Newsmax reported.

At president, the analyst firm lists Republican chances of winning the Senate at 55 in 100 versus Democrats retaining control at 45 in 100.

The new predictions come after the outlet reported on Monday: “Herschel Walker’s scandals may hurt his chances against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Meanwhile, Democrats are hoping to pick up a seat in Pennsylvania, but that race has gotten a lot tighter recently.”

“Other Senate races are competitive but have identifiable favorites. For instance, strong Democratic incumbents currently have an edge in Arizona and New Hampshire. And the Senate races in North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin are also close but will likely result in Republican winners,” the outlet also added.

Earlier this month, former President Donald Trump offered up his own prediction about retaking the Senate.

“I think that we have a good chance at the Senate,” Trump told the “Chris Stigall Show,” adding: “Good chance, we had no chance three months ago. Now we have a chance of getting 51, 52 seats in the Senate. And I think the House is going to do pretty well, I think we’re going to be up by maybe a substantial number.”

Recent polling indicates that Republicans are in good shape going into Tuesday’s elections.

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Trump-backed Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is leading Democratic opponent John Fetterman in a new survey following last week’s highly-watched debate.

A new Emerson College / The Hill survey released on Thursday finds Oz leading Fetterman 48 percent to 46 percent among very likely voters. Four percent said they were undecided. The poll notes that Oz’s support has risen by 5 points since September. On the other side, Fetterman’s support has only ticked up by one point since then.

“Additionally, 54 percent of Pennsylvania voters said they expected Oz to win the election while 47 percent said the same about Fetterman. But the latest data comes just over one week after Fetterman came face-to-face with Oz in Pennsylvania’s first and only Senate debate this cycle, during which the Democrat had a rocky performance as a result of his ongoing recovery from a stroke he suffered last May. Oz, on the other hand, appeared in his element due to his experience in television, something Fetterman’s campaign acknowledged going into the debate,” The Hill reported.

The closely-watched U.S. Senate race in Arizona also was kicked up a notch after the Libertarian candidate in the race dropped out and endorsed his Republican opponent.

“I’ve said from the very beginning that the reason I’m running for Senate is to promote and get us in the direction of freedom and peace and civility,” Marc Victor said in a YouTube video announcing his endorsement of Masters.

Victor said at one point in his video, “[Masters] really is — in his heart and in his mind — he’s in favor of doing everything he can to get us very sternly, very smartly in the direction of ‘live and let live.’ And that seems like a good tradeoff to me.”

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