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POST-INAUGURATION: GOP HAS 2014 SENATE RACE EDGE
Big Government ^

Posted on 01/20/2013 1:43:31 PM PST by SMGFan

While Obama is officially sworn in today as President for another four years, smart strategists are keeping their eye on the 2014 ball. There are 32 senators up for reelection in 2014. Of those, 20 are Democrats and 13 are Republicans. With Senator Rockefeller's (D-W.Va) retirement in 2014, an additional senate seat is in play. Democrat resources will be spread thinner than the GOP's on account of this seven seat discrepancy; there will be a Republican advantage in the upcoming campaign season. Digging deeper, 12 of those 20 Democrat seats come from a state that is red or swing: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, W. Virginia, and Virginia. Those seats are vulnerable should the party run strong candidates.

An additional advantage for the GOP is Obama's latest attempt to encourage some kind of gun control legislation. Those senators in gun-friendly states will have to choose: either back the President's gun control agenda or risk handing their GOP opponents an effective talking point.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


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Good luck GOP .
1 posted on 01/20/2013 1:43:39 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

we had quite a 2012 senate edge too.


2 posted on 01/20/2013 1:45:49 PM PST by RC one (.From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: SMGFan

yeah and it’s Romney in a landslide!


3 posted on 01/20/2013 1:46:03 PM PST by TsonicTsunami08
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To: SMGFan

That is ...unless one or more brain dead candidates decide to talk about “legitimate rape”.


4 posted on 01/20/2013 1:46:16 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Red State Secession Is The Only Answer)
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To: SMGFan

Let’s see how they vote on amnesty first.


5 posted on 01/20/2013 1:46:23 PM PST by Theoria
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To: SMGFan

crapploa....they should have picked up 6 seats in November. losers.


6 posted on 01/20/2013 1:48:07 PM PST by wny
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To: SMGFan

Hindsight will always be 20-20. Maybe we should have concentrated on the senate and concede the WH. I SAY THAT ONLY BECAUSE OF WHAT THE SON-OF-A-MITT said.


7 posted on 01/20/2013 1:48:40 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: SMGFan

Isn’t that the same lie the GOP elite told us in 2012? Plus Romney had it in the bag, too.

Don’t believe the elites. They are in league with the MSM and NWO and lie to us constantly. Don’t throw your money away on the GOP when the race is already fixed.


8 posted on 01/20/2013 1:50:25 PM PST by Astronaut
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To: SMGFan

2014 Senate Contest Summary
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State - Senator - Party
Alaska - Mark Begich - Democrat
Arkansas - Mark Pryor - Democrat
Colorado - Mark Udall - Democrat
Delaware - Chris Coons - Democrat
Hawaii (special) - Brian Schatz - Democrat
Illinois - Richard Durbin - Democrat
Iowa - Tom Harkin - Democrat
Louisiana - Mary Landrieu - Democrat
Massachusetts - John Kerry - Democrat
Michigan - Carl Levin - Democrat
Minnesota - Al Franken - Democrat
Montana - Max Baucus - Democrat
New Hampshire - Jeanne Shaheen - Democrat
New Jersey - Frank Lautenberg - Democrat
New Mexico - Tom Udall - Democrat
North Carolina - Kay Hagan - Democrat
Oregon - Jeff Merkley - Democrat
Rhode Island - Jack Reed - Democrat
South Dakota - Tim Johnson - Democrat
Virginia - Mark Warner - Democrat
West Virginia - Jay Rockefeller - Democrat
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Alabama - Jeff Sessions - Republican
Georgia - Saxby Chambliss - Republican
Idaho - Jim Risch - Republican
Kansas - Pat Roberts - Republican
Kentucky - Mitch McConnell - Republican
Maine - Susan Collins - Republican
Mississippi - Thad Cochran - Republican
Nebraska - Mike Johanns - Republican
Oklahoma - Jim Inhofe - Republican
South Carolina - Lindsey Graham - Republican
South Carolina (special) - Tim Scott - Republican
Tennessee - Lamar Alexander - Republican
Texas - John Cornyn - Republican
Wyoming - Mike Enzi - Republican


9 posted on 01/20/2013 1:51:11 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: SMGFan

Sounds racist.


10 posted on 01/20/2013 1:51:35 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SMGFan

They will need more than luck.


11 posted on 01/20/2013 1:55:45 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: SMGFan

I think the comment under the story about vetting our candidates better says it all. The GOP could conceivably pick up several seats in 2014 (though I doubt a majority is within grasp), but we have to be better at scrutinizing our candidates, or we’ll see the disappointments of 2012 (and to an extent, 2010) all over again.


12 posted on 01/20/2013 1:59:35 PM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: SMGFan

we MUST find good conservative candidates and not let Karl Rove pick them.


13 posted on 01/20/2013 2:02:24 PM PST by JohnPDuncan
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To: SMGFan
Let's hope we play it smart.

Uh Oh, we're in trouble.

14 posted on 01/20/2013 2:02:36 PM PST by centurion316
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To: SMGFan
An additional advantage for the GOP is Obama's latest attempt to encourage some kind of gun control legislation. Those senators in gun-friendly states will have to choose: either back the President's gun control agenda or risk handing their GOP opponents an effective talking point.

Whether it is a talking point or not, does not matter a hill of beans. I have confidence that the pubbies will cave on every issue under the sun. They have priors. The scuzz balls.

15 posted on 01/20/2013 2:06:24 PM PST by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: SMGFan
Joe Biden: I’m Proud To Be President
16 posted on 01/20/2013 2:07:50 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Better safe than sorry.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Which of these Republican seats would you class as ‘vulnerable’?


17 posted on 01/20/2013 2:12:01 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: SMGFan; All

As a side note to the the 2014 Senate elections, please consider the following.

Constitution-ignorant citizens who were spooked by the pro one-world-government Progressive Movement to put pressure on their state lawmakers to ratify the ill-conceived 17th Amendment in 1913, that amendment giving citizens the right to vote for federal senators, evidently did not understand the following. They did not understand that the only Article I, Section 8 power that the Senate had to regulate daily peacetime activities in the lives of citizens was to regulate postal services (1.8.7).

Sadly, to this day, many citizens evidently still do not understand that most of Congress’s official actions concerning its regulation of daily domestic issues are based on 10th Amendment protected state powers which many generations of Congress and presidents have unconstitutionally usurped from the states.


18 posted on 01/20/2013 2:14:44 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: SMGFan
As it stands now, the GOP doesn't have a chance of winning the Senate back. Too many cowards that kis@ King Obama’s butt. Lets hope something lights a fire under their butts and they harshly attack King Obama and expose him as a communists they will fail.
19 posted on 01/20/2013 2:23:17 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Apparently, DR.Jill forgot to medicate him...


20 posted on 01/20/2013 2:28:53 PM PST by little-e ("It's a great day for hockey." Badger Bob Johnson..)
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To: little-e

The GOP is a waste of time and money..we need a new party..


21 posted on 01/20/2013 2:35:53 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: SMGFan

OTOH, the GOP could lose the House in 2014.


22 posted on 01/20/2013 2:45:35 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: SMGFan

I don’t care to hear any election predictions.

I don’t care to hear or see any polls.

The GOPe will piss away any chance they’ve got, and why would I vote for them anyway?

If my vote is lost on the GOPe, I might as well vote for the conservative or libertarian or constitutionalist candidate. I’ll see none in the GOPe.


23 posted on 01/20/2013 3:16:08 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: SMGFan

There are 33 seats which come up for re-election in 2014, not 32.


24 posted on 01/20/2013 3:17:56 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: SMGFan

National media has the ability to give Dem Senate candidates the win in most races.

Conservatives only need 20+ House races to take over the House, and national media has little influence on those races.


25 posted on 01/20/2013 3:25:57 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: SMGFan

ROTFLMAO! Yeah anyone should listen to these guys since they were so accurate during the last election. - sarcasm off-


26 posted on 01/20/2013 3:30:13 PM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: SMGFan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ5ICXMC4xY


27 posted on 01/20/2013 3:54:38 PM PST by Gator113 (Leave my guns alone and REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS!!)
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To: SMGFan

I won’t get excited until I see a party and candidates comprised of Jeffersonian liberals in the lead.


28 posted on 01/20/2013 3:59:43 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: SMGFan

Along with flipping some seats from D to R, could we maybe flip Maine from RINO to conservative? If Susan Collins runs for re-election, the GOPe will be sure to back her heavily, but Cruz in Texas has shown what’s possible.


29 posted on 01/20/2013 4:00:25 PM PST by Eagle Forgotten
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To: TomGuy
OTOH, the GOP could lose the House in 2014.

Something that went completely unnoticed was that overall there were 1 million more Democrat votes for House candidates than Republican in 2012.

30 posted on 01/20/2013 4:27:53 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Verginius Rufus

Could it be 33 + 2 Special Elections ( SC & HI)?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_elections,_2014


31 posted on 01/20/2013 4:29:25 PM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: Eagle Forgotten
Along with flipping some seats from D to R, could we maybe flip Maine from RINO to conservative? If Susan Collins runs for re-election, the GOPe will be sure to back her heavily, but Cruz in Texas has shown what’s possible.

Ummmmm.....ever noticed that Maine and Texas are...pretty different?

You can flip Maine from RINO to Democrat. That's it. It's not possible to elect a senatorial candidate in states like Maine, Delaware, etc. that would meet the purity standards of FR.

Of course, if your goal is to convert the party to a purely regional party of the South and Mountain West, with no chance of winning the Presidency, then that's fine.

32 posted on 01/20/2013 4:30:23 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: SMGFan

If the worthless GOP cannot take Congress with this gun grab issue. They are idiots.


33 posted on 01/20/2013 4:37:50 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: SMGFan

The GOP has the US House. That hasn’t worked out too well for us. It really doesn’t matter whether they win or lose in 2014, because I see no difference between them and the Democrats.

Sorry for that, but it looks like we are just trying to keep things the way they are by voting for these people.


34 posted on 01/20/2013 4:38:26 PM PST by Preachin' (I stand with many voters who will never vote for a pro abortion candidate.)
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To: SMGFan

Watch for the gOP to make a mess of things.


35 posted on 01/20/2013 4:58:17 PM PST by lurk
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To: Strategerist

“Something that went completely unnoticed was that overall there were 1 million more Democrat votes for House candidates than Republican in 2012. “

Yes, 4 million Obama voters could not bring themselves to vote for the Dem House candidate LOL!

You’d think that would get some attention...


36 posted on 01/20/2013 5:19:32 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: SMGFan

Give them time, they can muck it up quite handily.


37 posted on 01/20/2013 7:14:51 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Strategerist

Yeah, Maine is a problem, and your arguments have some merit. Suppose Collins decides to run and there’s a conservative primary challenger. The conservative might well be, as you point out, less likely to win the general. On the other hand, there’ve been upsets before. The question is how big of a risk would losing Collins be. She caucuses with the Republicans (at least for now), which affects committee chairships and the like, but she’s otherwise horrible.

Traditionally, in the midterms in the sixth year of a presidential administration, the opposition party makes big gains. Even Reagan couldn’t buck that trend, IIRC. So this might be the year when a conservative candidate (who didn’t say anything stupid about rape, please!!!!) could win.

Doesn’t Maine have a lot of hunters? Maybe the RKBA issue will be important.


38 posted on 01/21/2013 2:08:36 PM PST by Eagle Forgotten
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