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Dem David Axelrod: 'Physics' Favor GOP in Senate, Tight Races

By    |   Monday, 27 October 2014 09:40 AM

The GOP will likely win the Senate majority in the 2014 midterm elections, Democratic strategist David Axelrod told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," adding he expected tight races to "break" one way or the other as Election Day neared.

"I've always felt like the physics of the year favor the Republicans, and I still feel that the physics of the year favor Republicans," Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said Monday.

"I suspect that some of [the races] are going to break at the end, and, more likely, break against Democrats than for Democrats."

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Candidates running for the Senate in a number of states have been locked in a heated battle, and polls suggest several races were too close to predict.

Axelrod said Democrats had an "organizational advantage" in Colorado, Iowa, and North Carolina, adding they had spent millions of dollars "microtargeting these voters that don't generally vote in off-year elections."

Axelrod maintained three races Republicans could lose were in Georgia, New Hampshire, and Kentucky. He said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could lose his bid for re-election in Kentucky for two reasons: his lack of popularity and his image of being a Washington insider.

"McConnell still struggles, so he's going to have to fight to the end," he said. "He's the most unpopular senator running for re-election."

Axelrod said voters had "an awful lot of anger toward Washington," and voters in Kentucky saw McConnell as "part of the problem rather than the solution."

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The GOP will likely win the Senate majority in the 2014 midterm elections, Democratic strategist David Axelrod told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," adding he expected tight races to "break" one way or the other as Election Day neared.
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