Economy Lifts Democratic Senate Candidates

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Economy Lifts Democratic Senate Candidates

Growing concern over the economy is hurting Republicans up and down the ballot. Just look at Georgia where incumbent Saxby Chambliss, once considered a shoo-in, is now running just two points ahead of  Democrat Jim Martin, according to a poll by SurveyUSA and just one point ahead according to a Research 2000 poll.

In Minnesota, a similar story...Democrat Al Franken has taken a nine-point lead over GOP incumbent Norm Coleman, according to the latest poll from the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a smaller lead in a second survey. The Star Tribune poll showed Coleman leading Franken by four points less than a month ago. Another poll still gives Coleman an advantage, but Republicans have to be worried.

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Democrats seem certain to add a half dozen seats to their 51-49 Senate advantage and reaching the magic number of 60, the amount needed to silence filibusters and control the agenda on the Senate floor, is clearly within reach.