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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

If the contours of the Republican presidential race remain fuzzy, the picture of the coming battle to control Congress is decidedly more clear: Democrats face a brutal uphill battle in retaining control of the Senate next fall, one that was only made more complicated this week when conservative Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson decided to retire rather than seek re-election.

The fundamentals are all wrong for the Democrats hoping to maintain their already-narrow 53-47 majority in the world’s most deliberative body. With 33 seats up for election, they have 23 of their own spots to defend to the Republicans’ 10. What’s more, Dems are suffering a litany of retirements in GOP-leaning states, and there are few ripe opportunities for them to snag seats currently held by the other party.

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