Dick Morris: No 60-Seat Democratic Senate

Tuesday, 04 Nov 2008 09:37 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Veteran political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax he doubts that the Democrats will achieve the filibuster-proof 60-vote majority they had hoped for.

Asked by Newsmax’s Ashley Martella how significant the losses of Sen. Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina and Sen. John Sununu in New Hampshire will be to the Republican Party, Morris responded:

“You have three seats now that the Democrats have picked up — New Mexico, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

“But you have three seats that were contested that Republicans won: Collins in Maine, McConnell in Kentucky, Roberts in Kansas.

“So at this point my guess would be, just projecting out, that you will obviously have a Democratic gain in the Senate. They also picked up Virginia. But I do believe it’s not going to be a 60-vote Senate. I think it will be a 56- to 58-vote Senate.

“That of course means you are going to have a strong Democratic majority and Republicans will have a hard time mounting a filibuster, but you can’t actually count it out.

“I think the Democratic gains in the Senate are less than their optimists had predicted.”

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