Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., doesn't fall in line with pundits and others who believe there is little chance for Democrats to take control of the U.S. Senate.
Cortez Masto told State of Nevada that she feels a groundswell of new voters, much as she did in 2016 when she won a close race for the Senate.
“I think it really comes down to being on the ground, working hard and getting out in front of voters,” she said.
The senator believes "there is a lot of energy out there."
She says there are a lot of people involved and interested in this mid-term election and she has found the same thing in other states she's visited with Senate colleagues who are up for re-election.
While flipping the Senate is questionable, flipping the House has a strong chance, according to many political watchers.
If that happens, some Democrats have suggested they would seek articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump.
While the Senate wouldn't be part of that process, Cortez Masto says the spotlight should be on issues not impeachment.
“The focus should be on what we’re hearing from people now that are concerned about jobs and wages and health care, education," she said, "There is so much that people care about and that’s what we should be focused on in Congress.”
Health care and specifically affordable health care is the biggest issue voters have talked to her about, Cortez Masto said.
She said it is important for people to vote for people who will protect health care and work to improve its affordability.
“We need to elect people in Congress and at the state level who are going to fight for those issues that we all care about and one of them is health care and affordable health care,” she said.
Early voting in Nevada begins at polling stations throughout the state on Saturday, October 20.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.