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


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.