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GOP hopes of Senate takeover fade as Mack and other challengers trail

Senate mapThe presidential race isn’t the only unpredictable war for control of Washington this year. Keep an eye on the U.S. Senate.

Expectations of a Republican takeover, which were widespread over the summer, are fading. Now the Democrats could retain their majority. Either way, it’s close, and no one can safely say which party will have a Senate majority after the Nov. 6 elections.

Among the changes in the landscape: President Barack Obama has an edge over Republican Mitt Romney in national polls as well as in key swing states such as Virginia and Nevada, suggesting that Democrats might turn out in bigger numbers and also vote for Democratic Senate candidates.

Another: The once-vulnerable seat held by Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri now appears safely Democratic since the Republican nominee, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, said this summer that women rarely got pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.” In Florida, incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson is seen as likely holding onto the seat against a challenge by Republican Congressman Connie Mack IV.

Republicans need a net gain of four seats to take control of the Senate if Obama wins, three if Romney is elected — since his vice president would break a tie. Democrats now control 53 seats, but 23 of them are at stake. Republicans need to defend only 10.

More from David Lightman here.

 


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John Fernandes

What most Americans are realizing is that we need Senators who will actually do their jobs. The 2.2 to 1 advantage in job creation during Democratic administrations over Republican administration is no accident
. You don't have to believe me, Mitch McConnell The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”, not the economy, not national security, nothing but the pursuit of Republican priorities: tax giveaways, bankrupting the United States,( to do away with medicare and social security) and fighting a relentless war on women and their support of all but legitimate rape.Finally Bain/Romney is being investigated for tax fraud. One can only hope that the criminal is indicted before the election.
It is time to send a message to the party of no.

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