Hot mic’d Schumer hints Democrats more worried about Georgia than Pennsylvania

by Jacob Fuller

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was caught on a live microphone Thursday sharing some of his thoughts on the 2022 midterm with President Joe Biden.

JM Rieger, a senior video editor for the Washington Post, shared the exchange on Twitter after television cameras picked up audio of Schumer greeting Biden in Syracuse, New York.

In the brief exchange, Schumer indicated that he, and presumably other Democrats, were most concerned about the progress of the Georgia Senate race between incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

“The state where we’re going downhill is Georgia,” Schumer said. “It’s hard to believe that they will go for Herschel Walker.”


Statistics tracking website FiveThirtyEight lists the Georgia race as a virtual dead heat, although the site’s simulators predict 53 wins for Walker compared to 47 for Warnock in a sampling of 100 simulations.

As of this writing, neither Walker nor Warnock had offered any opinion on Schumer’s assessment.

Microphones also picked up a moment when Schumer said, “That seat, we’re in danger in that seat. We’ll see.”

It is impossible to know which race Schumer meant based on the poor audio of the recording. His spokesperson, Justin Goodman, offered little in the way of clarity.

According to a Fox News report, Goodman stated only that Schumer “believes the Democratic candidates will win.”

During his brief audience with Biden, Schumer also offered an opinion on senate races in Nevada and Pennsylvania.

In Schumer’s opinion, the poor performance by Democrat John Fetterman in a debate against Republican Mehmet Oz had not harmed Democrats’ chances in Pennsylvania.

“It looks like the debate didn’t hurt us too much in Pennsylvania as of today, so that’s good,” Schumer said. He added, “We’re picking up steam in Nevada.”

According to FiveThirtyEight, Fetterman enjoys a slight advantage over Oz in Pennsylvania, winning 59 of 100 simulated elections.

In Nevada, where a contest between Republican Adam Laxalt and Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto has mostly slipped under the public radar, at least when compared to the races in Georgia and Pennsylvania, the race is still projected as a toss-up.