Bat­tle for Se­nate con­trol down to wire

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

The race for con­trol of the Se­nate is tear­ing to­ward its fi­nale on a last-minute burst of cash from both sides, with a half­dozen top races es­sen­tially tied.

The out­comes of those con­tests, in states from Ne­vada to Mis­souri to New Hamp­shire, will de­ter­mine which party can claim the Se­nate ma­jor­ity next year. The late-break­ing news of a re­newed FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­lated to Hil­lary Clin­ton’s emails has the po­ten­tial to shift the cam­paigns in fa­vor of the GOP.

Repub­li­cans have been fret­ting about the pos­si­bil­ity that the toss-up races will break against them on Nov. 8. His­tory shows that close races tend to move one way as a group. In 2014, Repub­li­cans won a swath of Se­nate races and took back con­trol of the cham­ber from the Democrats.

This time, with Don­ald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket and in­flam­ing di­vi­sions within the party, the con­cern was that the lead­ing races would all go for Democrats.

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