Those with a desire to make a Senate bid may want to consider stepping up to the plate now.
Democrats are actively searching for new candidates as they plot an early strategy to take back the Senate from Republicans, The Washington Post reported
The party, worried that its candidate pool is increasingly shallow, is seeking "blue-chip recruits," noted the Post as Democrats work to find "marquee challengers" to reclaim the Senate in 2016.
Four seats are needed for victory — or five if a Republican candidate would emerge as president, the Post said.
Democrat donor John Morgan used plenty of baseball analogies amid the recruiting strategy. "The bench is short, but the aces are strong. All you need is a right-hander that throws 99 mph, and you don't need a bench," he told the Post.
Among those being mentioned as top would-be candidates are U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth of Illinois; former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, the Post reported.
Already pundits are drawing up roadmaps for Democrats to return to power, The Huffington Post reported
, noting two strategies: growing the party's more progressive wing or pulling back to "moderate, Democrat-lite platforms that were so popular during the 2014 cycle." The Post noted that just 10 Senate Democrats would be set for re-election in 2016.
Writing in National Review Online
, Michael Barone predicts Democrats will improve their Senate stakes in 2016 but will fall short on votes to overturn the GOP majority.
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