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Chuck Schumer charged Wednesday that President Donald Trump is “delusional” for claiming victory in the mid-term elections, insisting that the Democratic Party is poised to compete for the Senate and presidency in 2020 despite losses in key Senate races. Trump cast the election as vindication for his campaign strategy, emphasizing the GOP’s gains in the Senate and claiming that he had a "very close to complete victory" despite dropping governors seats and control of the House. Similarly, the Senate minority leader did his best to spin a difficult night for Senate Democrats, who appeared on Wednesday to be down three seats total with two races outstanding, as a win for the party as a whole. In the face of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s claims that the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was good for Republicans, Schumer said that Democrats would benefit more long term from his ascendance amid sexual assault allegations. And in a rebuttal to “pundits” that said Senate Democrats had a bad night after as many as four incumbents lost, Schumer said the party could have lost nine or 10 seats if it hadn’t executed on Tuesday. Trump said his party had "defied history" by picking up seats. “When the president says what happened in the Senate more than undoes the losses they suffered across the board elsewhere, he’s delusional,” Schumer insisted. “If we had told you a year ago we were only going to lose two or three seats, people would have said forget it, what are you smoking?” Still, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the party’s campaign chair, was touting a potential path to the majority over the weekend and most Democrats were hoping to either pick up a seat or at least keep the Senate even at its current 51-49 division. Instead Democrats got blown out in Tennessee, narrowly lost Texas and Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) lost, with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) demanding a recount while down by a narrow margin. That makes it that much harder for Democrats to regain Senate control in 2020, though Democrats hold out hope that two close races will break their way. Schumer said that Nelson could still win and that Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema could still prevail over Republican Rep. Martha McSally in an Arizona race that is too close to call. “If I were him and I were looking at 2020 and beyond, I’d be very nervous,” Schumer said of Trump. “The map in 2020 is much better. We’ll have a very good shot. And I think originally the Republicans hoped they could hold us down to 40, 41 [seats] … we’ve lost one, two or three seats tops.” The exact margin will determine how tight the 2020 Senate races are for Schumer, who was once favored to be majority leader alongside Hillary Clinton as president. Next cycle the Democrats need to dislodge tough GOP incumbents in states like Maine, North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa to have a shot at the majority -- or make a new play into places the Democrats used to hold seats but have gone sharply toward Trump like Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine]]>