President Biden’s sagging approval ratings and economic challenges have Republicans looking for new offensive opportunities.

National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chair Rick Scott (R-FL) says the GOP is ready to take back the Senate majority in November. “I think we’re going to have some sleepers, where people are going to say, boy, we didn’t anticipate that one,” Scott told The Hill.

He points to Colorado, Washington, and Vermont as states that could be unexpectedly competitive. Democrats are still heavily favored in each of those states, but that’s no guarantee with the public’s negative sentiment toward the current administration.

“It’s dependent on Biden’s numbers essentially staying where they are or falling even further,” Doug Heye, a Republican strategist, said. “If 65 percent of voters going into Election Day feel the country is still on the wrong track, they’re going to blame the Democratic president, Democratic House and Democratic Senate.”

Heye and some other Republicans single out Colorado as the best opportunity. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) is up for reelection and is likely to become vulnerable as he seeks a third term.

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