GOP Leads Dems in Race to Draw Senate Candidates

Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 02:09 PM

By Dan Weil

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Given what happened in last year’s congressional elections, you can’t blame potential Democratic candidates for being hesitant to enter the fray next year. So it’s no wonder that Republicans are besting Democrats in attracting candidates to run for the Senate, as Politico reports.

Republicans have strong candidates signed up for seven important Senate races next year, with impressive potential candidates considering bids in two other states. Meanwhile Democrats still lack major candidates in Massachusetts and Nevada, the states that represent the party’s best chance to steal seats from Republican hands.

And Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine still hasn’t decided whether to run for the open Senate seat in Virginia.

“Even the DNC chairman is struggling with whether to run. The fact that it’s difficult for even him to make a decision is a reflection of the environment out there,” Jon Lerner, a strategist who has worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told Politico.

This state of affairs has even Vice President Joe Biden worried. “At a moment when the stakes are highest, Democrats in the Senate face the toughest electoral climate we’ve seen in a long time,” he wrote in a fundraising Email for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

“Democrats are defending 23 seats in 2012, five of which are open. Republicans only need to pick up four to take control of the Senate.”




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