Senate Races May Come Down To The Wire

Senate Races May Come Down To The Wire


ELECTION DAY IS NEARING — AND IT’S HARD TO SAY WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE U.S. SENATE. BOTH PARTIES HAVE A LEGITIMATE SHOT OF HAVING A MAJORITY FOLLOWING NOVEMBER — TONIGHT OUR EXCLUSIVE D.C. BUREAU’S “SAMANTHA JO- ROTH” SHOWS US THE CLOSEST RACES: ONE MONTH OUT. AND THE BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF THE U-S SENATE IS A NAIL BITER. “WE ARE LOOKING AT A FAIRLY NARROWLY DECIDED SENATE. THE NEXT MAJORITY IS JUST ONE SEAT, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.” POLITICAL EXPERT KYLE KONDIK SAYS LOOKING AT POLLING FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN EACH STATE MAY GIVE A GOOD INDICATION FOR HOW THE SENATE RACE MAY PLAY OUT. KYLE KONDIK, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CENTER FOR POLITICS @:22-:26 “I STILL THINK THE WINNER OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE IS PROBABLY BETTER THAN 50/50 TO WIN THE SENATE. A LOT OF THESE RACES ARE VERY CLOSE.” CURRENTLY THERE ARE 54 REPUBLICANS, 44 DEMOCRATS AND 2 INDEPENDENTS IN THE SENATE. DEMOCRATS NEED TO PICK UP FOUR SEATS HELD BY REPUBLICANS TO SEIZE CONTROL IN NOVEMBER IF HILLARY CLINTON WINS THE PRESIDENCY OR FIVE IF DONALD TRUMP WINS.. SINCE THE VICE PRESIDENT CASTS TIE- BREAKING VOTES IN THE SENATE. ABOUT SEVEN SENATE RACES ARE CONSIDERED A TOSS-UP BY THE COOK POLITICAL REPORT.. SENATE RACES IN INDIANA. MISSOURI. NEW HAMPSHIRE.. NORTH CAROLINA. PENNSYLVANIA. FLORIDA AND NEVADA. THE REPORT ALSO SAYS THE GOP SEATS IN ILLINOIS AND WISCONSIN ARE LEANING DEMOCRATIC. “EXPERTS SAY IN DEMOCRATIC. “EXPERTS SAY IN ORDER FOR REPUBLICANS TO HOLD ONTO THEIR SENATE MAJORITY, THEY NEED TO DO BETTER IN THEIR STATE THAN DONALD TRUMP. SOME CANDIDATES ARE HAVING MORE SUCCESS THAN OTHERS.” KYLE KONDIK, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CENTER FOR POLITICS @1:16-1:19 “I THINK ROB PORTMAN IS NOW A PRETTY BIG FAVORITE TO WIN RE- ELECTION. MARCO RUBIO IS BETTER THAN 50-50 TO WIN FLORIDA IN PART BECAUSE HE IS RUNNING SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER AMONGST HISPANICS IN FLORIDA THAN DONALD TRUMP IS.” ACCORDING TO THE WASHINGTON POST, SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE INCUMBENTS REPUBLICANS ARE MISSOURI SENATOR ROY BLUNT. PENNSYLVANIA SENATOR PAT TOOMEY. ILLINOIS SENATOR MARK KIRK. WISCONSIN SENATOR RON JOHNSON. AND NORTH CAROLINA SENATOR RICHARD BURR. IN WASHINGTON. SJR REPORTING.

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