McConnell sees closely divided Senate coming

July 8, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Congressional Conflict Analyst

FILE - In this June 26, 2012 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans and Democrats in Congress who congratulated themselves for passing relatively routine legislation before July 4 are returning to the Capitol for a summer stocked with political show votes and no serious role for bipartisanship. Any thought of compromise on major issues _ taxes, spending, deficit control or immigration among them _ will have to wait until after the election or the new year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the odds of Republicans taking over the Senate after November's elections and him becoming the new majority leader are "50-50."

The Kentucky senator says he expects "a very close, competitive election" in the battles for the 33 seats on ballots this fall.

McConnell is not predicting a sweep for Democrats or Republicans in the fall Senate elections. With 50 seats needed to take control, McConnell says "at the end of the day, we will have a very narrow Senate one way or the other."

There are currently 51 Democrats and 47 Republicans in the Senate. There are two independents, Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman, who align with Democrats.

The comments came Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."