Why is this man smiling? Mitch McConnell is surely thrilled because of just how well Republicans are doing in this Senate battleground poll!

New Poll: Republicans Up BIG in the Senate Battleground

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. smiles while answering a reporter’s question at a news conference following a closed-door policy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Back in August, the early outlook showed Republicans capable of picking up 4 or 5 seats and apart from fluke events in Alabama, it looks like I was right. A new series of polls by Survey Monkey for Axios has the Republicans crushing it.

  • R+13 in Montana
  • R+9 in West Virginia
  • R+8 in Missouri
  • R+6 in Indiana
  • R+2 in North Dakota
  • D+3 in Wisconsin
  • D+4 in Michigan

That’s five Republican leads and two more close races in seven Democrat held seats.

The House may be at risk of a bloodbath for Republicans, but the Senate looks like a rock for the GOP this year.