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Karl Rove: GOP Will Take Over Senate - Barely

By    |   Sunday, 12 October 2014 12:17 PM

GOP strategist Karl Rove is predicting nine states will flip from Democrat to Republican in the November 4 Senate elections, but he's also predicting three will go the other way.

If he's right, that would still give Republicans control of the Senate by the slimmest of margins — 51-49.

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Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Rove listed his predictions for Republican pickups — from most- to least-likely — as Montana, West Virginia, South Dakota, Alaska, Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Colorado and North Carolina.

His predictions for GOP losses were Kansas, Georgia and Kentucky.

Rove predicted a "barn burner" in South Dakota, where Republican Mike Rounds leads Democrat Rick Weiland and independent Larry Pressler in a three-way race. In the end, Rove predicts Rounds will prevail.

Democratic operative Joe Trippi admitted that the races in Alaska, Louisiana and Arkansas all are "moving in the wrong direction for Democrats." All three, see incumbents below what Trippi said is the magical number of 45 percent.

"If you're under 50 it's a problem if you're an incumbent," Trippi said. "Undecideds are either going to stay home or break away from the incumbents in these races."

Trippi sees a similar problem for Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, sitting at 42.3 percent, according to Real Clear Politics. His challenger, independent Greg Orman, has 44.7 percent

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"I think he's gone," Trippi said of the longtime senator. Though GOP establishment bigwigs have been rushing in to help Roberts, Trippi said that may actually be hurting him with Kansas voters.

Though Trippi admits there is a strong anti-Obama sentiment heading into the president's last two years of a lame-duck term, he said there also is anti-incumbent feeling among voters.

He warned that Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and North Carolina's Kay Hagan, a Democrat, both might be ousted.

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