Monday, July 07, 2014

Democrats Face a Tough Fight to Hold the Senate

Charles M. Blow, NYT
JULY 6, 2014

Republicans believe that they have a chance of taking control of the Senate in November. And they do.

Who will win control is at the moment basically a tossup, but Republicans get the nod by narrow statistical margins.

Republicans need to pick up just six seats to gain control of the chamber. Thirty-six seats are open, and nearly two-thirds are currently held by Democrats. That means Democrats are playing defense in a political climate poisoned by Republican intransigence that has made much of the public sour on Washington in general. And it doesn’t help that the president’s approval rating remains underwater.

As The Los Angeles Times pointed out Friday: “Of the dozen or so most competitive races, virtually all are for seats held by Democrats. Of those, seven are in states that President Obama lost in 2012: Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.”

(More here.)

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