Later this year, the Kentucky general election will be held, and Matt Bevin (current GOP governor of the state) will likely be re-elected. His term will start in December.
Right now....Bevin is given a six to eight point lead over the Democratic contender.
I anticipate that Mitch will go and run a strong race in the summer of 2020, and likely win his race by a minimum of ten points.
He'll (Mitch) will swear in and quietly go about his work in the spring of 2021, and around October/November...he'll give notice of retirement in January of 2022. The governor of Kentucky will then select himself (being GOP)....and the state law says that only when the next general election comes up, will the position be voted upon. So Bevin would have 3 years before that event occurs....giving himself enough time to build up accomplishments and 'charm'.
The question then comes up.....who replaces Mitch as GOP head in the Senate?
So I'm suggesting three names:
1. Tim Scott (the GOP might think that bringing a soft-spoken black to the job would gain them points). Scott would lack years in the Senate, but bring a different charm to the job.
2. Mike Lee from Utah. He has character to fill the shoes.
3. Rob Portman from Ohio. Generally liked by most all Republican Senators.
The end of Mitch? No.....I suspect that he's got a ton of campaign and PAC money sitting there and intends to be a major part of the 2022 election. There's probably three or four Democratic Senators are anticipating him influencing their race, and putting them in a world of hurt before he empties out his pot of money.