Se­nate keys

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Nine Repub­li­can-held Se­nate seats con­tinue to be at great risk, giv­ing Democrats at least a the­o­ret­i­cal pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting to 60 seats af­ter the Novem­ber elec­tions,” Stu­art Rothen­berg writes in Roll Call.

“In­creas­ingly, it ap­pears that three seats could well de­ter­mine whether the Demo­cratic Sen­a­to­rial Cam­paign Com­mit­tee can reach that magic num­ber: North Carolina, Min­nesota and Mis­sis­sippi.

“Repub­li­can nom­i­nees in five GOP Se­nate seats are now run­ning be­hind their Demo­cratic op­po­nents in at least some pub­lic polling: for­mer Gov. Jim Gilmore in Vir­ginia, Rep. Steve Pearce in New Mex­ico, for­mer Rep. Bob Schaf­fer in Colorado, Sen. Ted Stevens in Alaska and Sen. John Su­nunu in New Hamp­shire.

“One other GOP in­cum­bent, Ore­gon Sen. Gor­don Smith, ap­pears to be in a dif­fi­cult race with chal­lenger Jeff Merkley , Demo­crat, based both on some lim­ited polling and Smith’s cam- paign de­ci­sions.

“Two Repub­li­cans un­der at­tack, Maine Sen. Su­san Collins and Ken­tucky Sen. Mitch McCon­nell, the mi­nor­ity leader, ap­pear to be com­fort­ably ahead and likely to win.

“That leaves races in­volv­ing Sens. El­iz­a­beth Dole in North Carolina, Norm Cole­man in Min­nesota and Roger Wicker of Mis­sis­sippi as the three most crit­i­cal that will de­cide how close Se­nate Democrats get to 60 seats in the next Congress.”

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