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GOP Senate Vulnerable This Election

The 2014 midterm Republican wave might be receding.

Dan Gilmore · Mar. 7, 2016

The 2014 midterm Republican wave might be receding. If Trump wins the GOP nomination, then Democrat races for the Senate might gain momentum. Remember: If some conservatives have concerns over Trump’s opportunistic campaigning over the dissatisfaction in Washington, imagine how much the Left loathes the television personality. Election years experience higher voter turnouts, and fear is a powerful motivator.

Of the 34 Senate seats open for election this year, 24 of them are for seats currently filled by Republicans. With 54 Republicans and 44 Democrats currently occupying the Senate, the balance of power could shift dramatically. Democrats only need to win five seats for the power to flip in the Senate and there are 10 races that are possible for a switch — Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida, Wisconsin and Illinois. Only two races, Colorado and Nevada (thanks to Harry Reid’s coming retirement), could switch to Republican hands. But the rest are Republican-held seats, including Marco Rubio’s and John McCain’s. If you live in one of those states, remember that all politics is local politics and getting involved in Senate races could have more of a national impact than putting out a yard sign for the Republican nominee.

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