Dick Morris: Senate Control within Republicans' Grasp

Saturday, 04 Sep 2010 05:32 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Veteran political analyst and best-selling author Dick Morris tells Newsmax that Republicans are “on track” to take control of the Senate in November’s midterm elections.

Morris says the GOP needs to win only two of five contested Senate seats to give them the 10 new seats they need — and in one of those contests, in California, Carly Fiorina is likely to defeat incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Morris says: “The way it stacks up right now is we have four definite seats [Republicans will take away from Democrats]: Delaware, Indiana, North Dakota and Arkansas.

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“Then we have four others where we are ahead and I think we’re going to win: Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada — where I think Harry Reid is going to lose — and Washington State.

“Then we need two more seats from among the following: Wisconsin, California, West Virginia, New York and Connecticut.

“So I think Republicans are on track to win the Senate.”

He adds: “I can’t think of any state where I expect the Democrats to take away a Republican Senate seat.”

If Republicans do win control of Congress, they can insist on no tax increases and a cut in spending, according to Morris.

“And on healthcare reform they’ll be able to zero-fund it, and once we get rid of Obama we can actually repeal it.”

Republican Joe Miller’s victory over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska “represents the completion of Sarah Palin’s 4-year crusade to clean up the Murkowski corruption in Alaska,” Morris tells Newsmax.

“She herself defeated Frank Murkowski, the governor, and now her ally who she endorsed has defeated his daughter Lisa Murkowski.”

Morris expects Miller to win “handily, easily” over Democrat Scott McAdams in November’s general election.

In Ohio, Republican former Rep. John Kasich will unseat Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, and Rob Portman, the former director of the budget for George Bush, is “probably” going to win the state’s open Senate seat, Morris says.

The race in California between Boxer and Fiorina “could go either way at this point,” Morris believes.

“It’s significant that in all the polling Barbara Boxer has never risen to 50 percent of the vote. This race has a long way to go. I think eventually Fiorina is going to pull it out, but it could be one that the Republicans lose.”

And in West Virginia, Republican businessman John Raese “has an excellent shot” at defeating Gov. John Manchin in the battle for Robert Byrd’s Senate seat.

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