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Republicans are in a Great Position to Control Senate in 2012
Suite 101 ^ | 10/8/2011 | Keith Darling-Brekhus

Posted on 10/08/2011 6:31:04 PM PDT by KeithDarlingBrekhus

The 2012 political outlook for US Senate races looks favorable for a Republican takeover. For starters, the GOP needs only to defend 10 seats, whereas the Democrats have 22 seats to defend (counting the seats held by Independent Senators Joe Lieberman and Bernie Sanders who caucus with the Democrats). With the Democrats holding a fairly slim 53-47 majority in the Senate, if Republicans were to win just 13 or 14 of the 32 races at stake, they would regain control of the US Senate.

(Excerpt) Read more at keith-darling-brekhus.suite101.com ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012; elections; republican; senate
This article lays out the contours of the Senate races for 2012 and projects a GOP takeover.
1 posted on 10/08/2011 6:31:08 PM PDT by KeithDarlingBrekhus
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus
As long as Obama is president, it's going to be tough sledding for Dems in congress, and in states.

As long as the head of your party is a buffoon, and everybody knows it, it's going to be tough.

2 posted on 10/08/2011 6:42:17 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus

Safe GOP pick-up: ND
Leans GOP pick-up: MO, MT, NE and VA
Possible GOP pick-up (toss-up): FL, MI, NM, OH, PA and WI
Possible DEM pick-up (toss-up): MA

other possibilities: CT, MN and NJ for GOP; and, NV for DEM

Net GOP pick-up: 5 to 11


3 posted on 10/08/2011 6:43:43 PM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus

If a GOP candidate won the presidency, and the GOP controlled both houses of Congress, would that be a good thing? That seems to be recipe for them lurching to the left, and the GOP is overall farther to the left now.


4 posted on 10/08/2011 6:48:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Redmen4ever; Diana in Wisconsin

Please put some names, and IDEAS to these State races for the US Senate. Let us know who and why we at FR should support.


5 posted on 10/08/2011 6:51:38 PM PDT by Graewoulf ( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.)
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6 posted on 10/08/2011 6:53:39 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus
I wish I could be happier about this.

After the last decade I've begun to fear that if the Republicans had an 80 seat majority in the Senate..

they'd somehow still let the democraps block things.

I'd give anything to have more fire eaters in the Republican ranks. Stop worrying about being “statesmen” and all that other crap and just win!

7 posted on 10/08/2011 6:54:48 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: nickcarraway
If a GOP candidate won the presidency, and the GOP controlled both houses of Congress, would that be a good thing? That seems to be recipe for them lurching to the left, and the GOP is overall farther to the left now.

It's amazing the "best way to win is to lose" reasoning people can come up with sometimes. Yes, let's keep Dems and libs in power, just to make sure things don't move left.

8 posted on 10/08/2011 7:00:17 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: nickcarraway

I’m not gonna be upset if we lose the WH but gain the senate.


9 posted on 10/08/2011 7:07:30 PM PDT by RC one (Voting isn't a simple act of civic duty anymore, it's a complex act of civil war.)
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus

I don’t mean to bust everyone’s buble, but do you really think the GOP will control the Senate even if they do win the Senate back? McCain and all the other RINO’s will feel empowered to counter every move by a Conservative President and will side with the Dims every time!


10 posted on 10/08/2011 7:11:29 PM PDT by Trueblackman (Posting on FR since 1998 and 100% teleprompter free post as well.)
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus

Question is, “What are they going to do with it?”


11 posted on 10/08/2011 7:15:30 PM PDT by FatherFig1o155 (Still fighting the fight: njconservative.wordpress.com/)
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus
You forget the RINO saboteurs. Need another 12 years to purge the Socialists.
12 posted on 10/08/2011 7:37:51 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: RC one

Interesting thoughts ! I feel in some circles in DC, they still don’t believe that they can defeat Obama ! The person they want to sacrifice is Mitt Romney ! They know that, easily media and dems will dereail with one word “ Romney Care”. Also, Romney is going to put every conservative and republican to defend on repealing obama care ! Establishment will be very happy to have Romney !


13 posted on 10/08/2011 7:44:36 PM PDT by Ranjit
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To: Minn

ya that is today, but the economy and the scandals get worse each week.
the rats are in danger of having an epic defeat.


14 posted on 10/08/2011 7:47:45 PM PDT by genghis
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus
 

15 posted on 10/08/2011 8:06:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Graewoulf

For me, it is still very early in the process. If the economy continues bad, all the state I show as Leans Republican should shift to the Republican column, and the question will be how of the states now thought to be toss-up will flip toward us and, therefore, how large will be the Republican majority. If any strength starts to gather for economic recovery, we might not pick up any of the toss-ups, and winning three seats and control of the Senate will come down to winning the states I show as Leans Republican, with a pick-up in North Dakota off-setting a loss in Massachusetts. Plus, this early in the process, you’d also be interested in seeing who will secure the Republican nomination, including in some stakes, like Arizona, where we’re thinking we’re going to win in the general, but would like the right person, from our perspective to win the GOP nomination.


16 posted on 10/08/2011 8:34:14 PM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus

Big deal. We’ve had Republicans in charge of the Senate before. What we need are conservatives. Big difference.


17 posted on 10/08/2011 8:53:18 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus

It won’t matter unless WE the People can help elect TEA Party Conservatives.

WE LET McCain back in to the Senate! What kind of idiocy was THAT?

South Carolina voted Lindsey Graham back in to the Senate. How can they justify that?

WE MUST STAY ON TOP OF THE ‘RINO’ POPULATION IN CONGRESS AND VOTE EVERYONE OUT.

And We Must VET our Republicans to make sure we don’t get a “TPINO” ... Tea Party In Name Only ... elected.

No wonder people keep telling me “I hate Politics.”

And while we’re at it ... let’s go back and repeal the 17th Amendment ... The Founding Fathers KNEW what they were doing when they had only ONE House popularly elected.

If or When we get a solid conservative in the White House and a GOP Majority in Congress, We The People need to set the repeal of the 17th Amendment as our goal.


18 posted on 10/08/2011 9:28:27 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (I am a Catholic, A US Citizen, A Patriot, A TEA Partier, An Oath Keeper, A Voter, An Auburn Fan!)
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To: RC one

Kagan and sotomayor agree.


19 posted on 10/08/2011 9:31:18 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus

Here is part II of smae article...

http://keith-darling-brekhus.suite101.com/2012-senate-outlook-is-promising-for-republicans-part-ii-a392397


20 posted on 10/08/2011 10:27:14 PM PDT by KeithDarlingBrekhus
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To: Graewoulf

ND— probably Rick Berg (solid conservative)

NE— John Bruning or Don Stenberg (Bruning has run a bad campaign already though)

MT— Denny Rehberg (solidly Conservative but voted against Ryan plan in House)

MO— Sarah Steelman or Todd Akin (both very conservative)

VA— George Allen (solidly conservative)

Some of the other races (2nd tier ones) don’t really have well defined candidates yet.


21 posted on 10/08/2011 11:20:20 PM PDT by KeithDarlingBrekhus
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22 posted on 10/09/2011 12:48:15 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus

Our nation needs this bad... and a major change in the executive branch too.


23 posted on 10/09/2011 3:05:04 AM PDT by BamaAndy
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To: GlockThe Vote

The president appoints but the senate confirms.


24 posted on 10/09/2011 3:25:38 AM PDT by RC one (Voting isn't a simple act of civic duty anymore, it's a complex act of civil war.)
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25 posted on 10/09/2011 4:06:26 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: KeithDarlingBrekhus

BALLS will win the day, to date I see none, but I am still concerend that even with a majority in the house and senate and a new president the limp wristed GOP RHINOS will be working with the rats once again to reach over the isle and treat them like humans instead of the criminals they really are. They never learn, I hope we have!


26 posted on 10/09/2011 5:18:08 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Ranjit; All
Romney opposed the two most successful conservative policy efforts of the last 30 years... the Reagan policies of the 1980`s and the Contract With America of the 1990`s. Romney would be a disaster. Spread the word.

A Essay on Mitt Romney. Its damning.

27 posted on 10/09/2011 11:26:14 AM PDT by 506Lake (I'll say it again... no more compromise.)
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