GOP: 2012 Best Shot at Taking Senate

Friday, 02 Sep 2011 01:10 PM

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Republicans see 2012 as their best chance in years of gaining control of the upper chamber of Congress while maintaining their grip on the House. They need to pick up just four seats to gain control of the Senate, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The numbers favor them as well. Democrats must defend their successes of 2006 when it gained control of the Senate. Just 10 GOP seats are up this time compared to 23 held by Democrats. Four states that voted Republican in 2008, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, and West Virginia, have Democratic Senate seats up, the Journal reported.

Democratic retirements have also turned races competitive in New Mexico, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Virginia. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report lists nine of the races for Senate seats now in Democratic hands as already competitive and one likely to flip. The report finds just two GOP held seats in danger, the Journal reported.

Regardless, Democrats won’t go quietly. So far, they have raised more money than Republicans and recruited strong candidates in battleground states such as Indiana and Nevada. "Democrats have their work cut out for them," Geoff Garin, who has conducted polls for Senate Democrats, told the Journal. "But we clearly have a fighting chance to keep the majority."

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