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The 5 Races That Will Decide Who Controls The Senate

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The 5 Races That Will Decide Who Controls The Senate



In 2014, Republicans will have — for the third election in a row — a decent chance of taking control of the Senate.

You don’t need Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball to recognize that the seven Senate seats currently held by Democrats in states President Obama lost in 2012 are prime opportunities for the GOP to pick up the four they’d need to take control of the Senate Chamber.

The seats currently held by retiring senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) will — barring some great miracle — be won by Republicans. That leaves Democrats with five seats to defend in order to preserve their majority. And if you think Republicans are successful now at obstructing the president’s agenda and nominations, just imagine what they’d do if Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were running the upper house of Congress.

Here’s a look at the five races where Democrats are hoping the GOP will nominate another Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell or Joe Miller.


  1. Dominick Vila June 28, 2013

    If the GOP gets control of the Senate in 2014 the last two years of the Obama presidency will be limited to hosting state dinners for foreign dignitaries. Nothing, and I mean nothing he proposes will be considered, debated or passed. The worst part of this scenario is the likely probability of one or two Supreme Court appointments between now and the end of President Obama’s second term, and wholesale investigations designed to destroy the credibility of any Democrat running for office in 2016. At this point, the best we can hope for may be a tie, with the VP being the tie breaker.

    1. sigrid28 June 29, 2013

      Whenever the VP could not break a tie, there would always be the POTUS veto. Otherwise, expect a wild cavalcade of Republican bills floating before the public before being vetoed–like moving targets at a carnival shooting gallery–giving low-information voters a steady, two-year diet of life under a Republican government. The rest of us get to be the French Resistance of the twenty-first century, doing whatever it takes to bring about dramatic change in 2016. The two-year time frame with a dramatic result at its end–a presidential election with a new census taking place between the new president’s first and second terms– might bode quite well for the coalition of Democratic, Independent, and moderate Republican voters that would be needed to restore common sense and decency to government in 2016.

  2. VoiceofReason613 June 29, 2013

    It is essential to stress the Republican weaknesses: their climate denial in the face of overwhelming evidence; their blocking effective gun legislation that the vast majority of Americans support; their anti-women legislation; their blocking of legislation that could have created many good jobs building our crumbling infrastructure. Democrats have the issues that the public supports — they have to skillfully exploit them.

    1. 4sanity4all June 30, 2013

      We have the issues that Democrats support- don’t forget all of the right wing nut jobs that love their guns, hate abortion, and don’t want anything to go to the ‘takers’. The GOP have done a pretty good job of brain washing the less educated voters. And the money guys will be buying countless hours of political lie ads again. Our best hope is to win over as many voters as we can, but especially, to get every single Democrat to the voting booth. Every single one.

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