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GOP Will Have to Work to Hold Onto Majority

By    |   Monday, 10 Nov 2014 09:30 AM

Republicans may have a hard time maintaining control of the Senate in the next election cycle when the party has many more seats to defend than Democrats, The Washington Post reported.

"Looking at the 2016 Senate map, there's reason for doubt. Republicans will have to defend 24 seats, compared with 10 for Democrats. And the raw numbers don't even tell the whole story," the Post said.

The newspaper pointed out that seven seats currently held by Republicans were in states that voted for President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

In addition, Republicans have little margin to take new seats. Just Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and freshman Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet look like feasible targets.

Outside those two seats, there's almost no vulnerability on the Democratic side, the Post said. And even if California Sen. Barbara Boxer or Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski decide not to run again, both are in strongly Democratic states.

In total, Democrats will need to get just four or five seats to take back control.

"Gaining five seats is not out of the question for Democrats — though it might be a bit of a stretch — given the Senate map of 2016," the Post said.

The Post outlines the 10 most vulnerable seats, and points out that eight of them are currently held by Republicans: Kentucky, Florida, Ohio, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The two vulnerable seats held by Democrats are Colorado and Nevada.

"The No. 1 race is the most likely to flip party control in 2016," the Post said.

The analysis comes as National Republican Committee Chairman Reince Priebus admitted that it will be a longshot for Republicans to win the White House in 2016.

"I think we've got a long way to go to be ready for 2016," he said. "Granted, we are excited and proud of where we've come, but I think we've got to be about perfect as a national party to win a national cultural vote in this country. I think the Democrats can be good and win, but we have to be great."

In an interview in Time magazine out this week, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that maintaining the Senate majority will be his top priority in 2016.

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