GOP Gains in Bid to Retake Senate

More Democratic seats are in play as Republicans gain momentum.

Republican gains in the Senate are certain in November, but can the GOP retake control? It’s possible if they can build on the momentum of recent months. Democrats are already bracing for losses, but with a 59-41 edge, they remain cautiously optimistic about holding on.

To win back the Senate, Republicans require a broad national wave of anti-Washington and anti-incumbent voter sentiment come November. That’s just what produced the shock wave of the special election victory of Scott Brown (R) in Massachusetts and GOP wins in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races late last year. In all three contests, independent voters leaned strikingly toward the GOP. That augurs well for Republican prospects.

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Richard Sammon
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter