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The Senate races to watch in Republican bid to seize control
The LA Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Mark Z. Barabak

Posted on 07/05/2014 7:17:18 PM PDT by Din Maker

Republicans are very likely to pick up open Senate seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. That leaves a six races to decide control of the Senate.

Alaska: Democrat Mark Begich is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country, winning in 2008 with just 48% of the vote. Dan Sullivan, a former head of the state's Department of Natural Resources and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, both are strongly positioned to defeat Begich.

Arkansas: Democrat Mark Pryor won in 2008 with 80% support. The climate is much different this time, due to the overwhelming unpopularity of President Obama. Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, has managed to unify business, social conservative and tea party wings of the GOP.

Colorado: Democrat Mark Udall appeared to easily win reelection until GOP Rep. Cory Gardner entered the race. He's had to move toward the middle in a state that has been tough for the GOP the last few elections.

Georgia: A rare pickup opportunity for Democrats in Michelle Nunn, daughter of longtime Sen. Sam Nunn. Businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston are in a July 22 runoff. Not impossible race for Nunn.

Iowa: Establishment Republicans got the candidate they wanted in state Sen. Joni Ernst, a less than sure-footed campaigner, but Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley also made some early mistakes.

Kentucky: Mitch McConnell blew past his tea party competition in the GOP primary but faces a stiff challenge from Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Louisiana: Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, is running against a crowded Republican field, which seems certain to push the contest to a Dec. 6 runoff. Rep. Bill Cassidy is seen as her strongest opponent.

See Article re: Michigan and North Carolina

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: senateraces
LA Times articles must be excerpted. Did the best I could to edit it down to 300 words. Read the entire article for a more in depth look at the races.
1 posted on 07/05/2014 7:17:19 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker

I’m betting that come January 2015, Harry Reid will still be Senate Majority Leader.


2 posted on 07/05/2014 7:17:58 PM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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To: Din Maker

The LA Slime is not worth reporting on Free Republic.


3 posted on 07/05/2014 7:24:09 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Din Maker

Me too.. Evil almost ALWAYS wins...”war on women”, “income equality”, “marriage equality”, “it’s for the children”, Save the planet”.....sigh.....will win AGAIN..and THIS time-—we may NEVER re cover !!

Then again....there I a chance, albeit a SMALL one—(and getting smaller every day), people will FINALLY, FINNAlLY stop listening to the pravda...and DO something RIGHT this time...

At least-—this is what I PRAY for.


4 posted on 07/05/2014 7:27:04 PM PDT by Rca2000
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To: Din Maker

I look for the GOP to lose races in Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan. ALSO——— Thomas Ravenel, who entered the SC race as an Indy yesterday, with the help of “true” Conservatives who will stay home or vote for someone other than Lindsey Graham, could very well toss SC to the Dems. AND——— If Thad Cochran gets to keep the GOP nomination in Mississippi, The Dem could win. The Democratic Party in Mississippi is ecstatic about their chances in light of the GOP mess in that Senate race. They are fired up.

Don’t bet the farm on a GOP takeover of the Senate in November.


5 posted on 07/05/2014 7:27:37 PM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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To: Fungi

The LA Slime is not worth reporting on Free Republic.
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Well, two points here Fungi:

#1. I was really surprised Free Republic even allowed a post from them. But, some of the Liberal, demoralizing articles I’ve seen posted here of late from Liberal rags, this is tame. I asked 2nd Division Vet about an article he posted from a liberal slant. He gave me a good reason why he did; but, I forgot what the reason was (LOL) but, his reasoning made a lot of sense.

#2. I agree, they are the LA Slimes. But, this author, in my opinion, was pretty fair and accurate.


6 posted on 07/05/2014 7:34:02 PM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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To: Din Maker

I’m betting that come January 2015, Harry Reid will still be Senate Majority Leader.


I would have to agree with you.


7 posted on 07/05/2014 7:42:41 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Din Maker
"Kentucky: Mitch McConnell blew past his tea party competition in the GOP primary but faces a stiff challenge from Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. "

Fund and vote for Grimes.

8 posted on 07/05/2014 7:46:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: boycott

Mitch is NOT the answer.


9 posted on 07/05/2014 7:47:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Din Maker

And Mitch McConnell will be applying for a job at Trent Lott’s DC Lobbying Firm.


10 posted on 07/05/2014 7:48:42 PM PDT by tennmountainman (True conservatives don't like being rained on by their own party!)
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To: Paladin2

Mitch is NOT the answer.


Neither is Grimes.


11 posted on 07/05/2014 7:51:28 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Din Maker
I have a feeling that we will not take the Senate. The communists empire has America by the throat. The GOP is mostly made up of weak sick politicians that are only interested in what they can get out of the plush job.
12 posted on 07/05/2014 8:11:19 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: boycott

Grimes is at least relatively easy on the eyes.


13 posted on 07/05/2014 8:12:43 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Logical me
I have a feeling that we will not take the Senate.

After seeing what just happened in Mississippi and watching what happened in Virginia last year, I have to agree. But the worst part is that even if the Republicans do take control of the Senate, nothing will change.

14 posted on 07/05/2014 8:14:19 PM PDT by Hoodat (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Din Maker

“I’m betting that come January 2015, Harry Reid will still be Senate Majority Leader.”

I agree. The GOP will likely win a net of three or (out the outside) four seats. They’re not taking the Senate.


15 posted on 07/05/2014 8:16:25 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: ScottinVA
She might be, but we are voting for the future of the US, not for Miss America. :-)

Of course, neither are worth voting for. Write in Matt Bevin...

16 posted on 07/05/2014 8:17:41 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ScottinVA

Grimes is at least relatively easy on the eyes.


True but she will vote with Obama 100% of the time on major issues. All you have to do is look at every other democrat in the senate.

If people want to find someone that will support Obama’s policies 100% of the time, Grimes is your candidate.

She should be asked if she supported Obama ... again and again ... and where she disagrees with Obama .... again and again.


17 posted on 07/05/2014 8:21:14 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Din Maker; Pollster1

What do you think of this analysis?

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/fivethirtyeight-senate-forecast-toss-up-or-tilt-gop/


18 posted on 07/05/2014 8:21:39 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Din Maker

I’m betting Landrieu wins re-election in November. Cassidy, the establishment candidate, has not been running ads, and she has been running these real “cutesy” ads with her dad, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, while a PAC is running negative ads against Cassidy. He has not responded or run any ads against Landrieu, and appears to me that Landrieu doesn’t have anything to worry about. There is a Tea Party backed candidate Robert Maness, who has been endorsed by Sarah Palin, but he doesn’t have much money and has been running mostly radio and Social media ads.


20 posted on 07/05/2014 9:15:26 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Din Maker

“Mark Udall ... had to move toward the middle”

Mark Udall has moved nowhere from his uberliberal, 100% Obammunist-drone position. He’s just lying and saying he has moved because he thinks he has to lie to get re-elected. If he does manage to get re-elected, his voting record will not change one whit.


21 posted on 07/05/2014 9:21:15 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: ExCTCitizen
Of course, neither are worth voting for. Write in Matt Bevin...

Matt Bevin is worth voting for? LOL

22 posted on 07/05/2014 10:07:16 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Paladin2
Fund and vote for Grimes.

It's LUNDERGAN Grimes and that would be insane to restrengthen that establishment to have a foothold for several more decades when it could very well be swept from power this time around.

23 posted on 07/05/2014 10:10:48 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

(Ditch) Mitch is NOT going to save the US, especially as the ‘Rats are very likely going to retake the Senate in ‘16.


24 posted on 07/05/2014 10:13:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: murron

Mitch is her brother; Moon is her father.


25 posted on 07/05/2014 10:14:10 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Paladin2

In what way is that a response to what I said?


26 posted on 07/05/2014 10:14:37 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Mitch is the establishment and needs to be swept from his power to continue to enable Bammy.


27 posted on 07/05/2014 10:16:33 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Anyone who votes for that baby-killing *itch Grimes has no right to call themselves a conservative, no matter what retarded rationale they have.

I’d much rather have Mitch as Maj. Leader than Cornhole as Minority Leader.

“Rats are very likely going to retake the Senate in ‘16.”

Thank you giving up over 2 years before that election, tool. A nice big gain this year would protect us from a possible 1-2 seat rat gain in 2016.


28 posted on 07/05/2014 10:35:46 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: murron

Louisiana will not vote for Obama’s *hore, Mary Landrieu.

Cassidy has a huge wartiest that he will unleash on her. Unfortunately because Maness and another minor candidate are splitting the vote, he won’t be able to get 50% in November, so it will be a December runoff.


29 posted on 07/05/2014 10:42:18 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

(Ditch) Mitch has multiply come out against Conservatives, has been more than weak in limiting Bammy and Rustler Reid, and as a “leader” for two years will be like Lucy in jerking the ball from being kicked by the rest of us. He needs to be disposed of.


30 posted on 07/05/2014 10:54:24 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
He needs to be disposed of.

Obama and Harry Reid agree with you wholeheartedly.

31 posted on 07/05/2014 11:03:04 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy
(Ditch) Mitch has clearly come out against me. In that regard he is totally in league with Rustler Reid.

What benefit will (Ditch) Mitch provide from 2014 to 2016?

32 posted on 07/05/2014 11:17:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Din Maker
If Thad Cochran gets to keep the GOP nomination in Mississippi, The Dem could win. The Democratic Party in Mississippi is ecstatic about their chances in light of the GOP mess in that Senate race. They are fired up.

They should be fired up - we are in a quandary in MS. If we vote for Cochran, we have submitted to, and endorsed betrayal of the worst kind. Many of us will not vote for Cochran and may actually cross over and vote Childers to do our damnedest to keep this treachery from paying off for the GOPe and it's affiliates.

I donated to McDaniel's effort to fight this travesty - let's hope he gets the nod or you may very well lose the MS seat in the Senate.

33 posted on 07/06/2014 3:33:05 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Din Maker

GOP will not take the Senate. They’ll win the 3 easy pickups and may win either Arkansas or Alaska (1 of 2). They’ll hold Georgia. But Kentucky will be a tossup. Landrieu will squeak out another 6 years, as will Hagan in North Carolina. Iowa, Michigan, and Colorado will become pipe dreams in the end. A net 3 or 4 pickup. And no Tea Party candidates to blame.


34 posted on 07/06/2014 5:08:51 AM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: Republican Wildcat

You are so right. I knew that, but must have had a Senior moment.


35 posted on 07/06/2014 8:18:23 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Impy

Is that what they said about the Tea Party candidate in Virginia and the TP candidate in Mississippi? I wouldn’t bet on your first statement about La. not voting for her. This is La. politics and ACORN is still alive and well in New Orleans.


36 posted on 07/06/2014 8:21:25 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Will you have Grimes a Democrat or a Democrat light in Mitch...


37 posted on 07/06/2014 3:56:38 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: catnipman

Chill out catnipman and read the Post. Nobody said Mark Udall had to mover toward the middle. Cory Gardner had to move toward the middle.


38 posted on 07/06/2014 9:07:50 PM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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To: Impy; murron

I saw Bill Cassidy’s interview with Sean Hannity. The guy looked like an idiot. Even when he was talking, he had that phony, plastic, silly grin on his face.


39 posted on 07/06/2014 9:13:14 PM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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To: Paladin2

Why don’t you post a link to donate to your’s and Harry’s girl, Grimes? I double dog dare you to.


40 posted on 07/06/2014 9:18:36 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: trebb
If we vote for Cochran, we have submitted to, and endorsed betrayal of the worst kind. Many of us will not vote for Cochran and may actually cross over and vote Childers to do our damnedest to keep this treachery from paying off for the GOPe and it's affiliates.

You are exactly right! Problem is, will the people's anger at what Cochran and Barbour did last until November? Many of them will cool off and get back on the GOPe plantation. That's why people like Cochran and Barbour do this. They know that most people will forgive and forget. Same for Mitch McConnell. He can bash Conservatives and threaten to crush us in March because he knows the American people have short memories.
41 posted on 07/06/2014 9:25:23 PM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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To: Din Maker; All
If we vote for Cochran, we have submitted to, and endorsed betrayal of the worst kind. Many of us will not vote for Cochran and may actually cross over and vote Childers to do our damnedest to keep this treachery from paying off for the GOPe and it's affiliates.

You are exactly right! Problem is, will the people's anger at what Cochran and Barbour did last until November? Many of them will cool off and get back on the GOPe plantation. That's why people like Cochran and Barbour do this. They know that most people will forgive and forget. Same for Mitch McConnell. He can bash Conservatives and threaten to crush us in March because he knows the American people have short memories.
42 posted on 07/06/2014 9:30:16 PM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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To: Din Maker; murron

I think Landrieu is an idiot. I’m more interested in beating the rats than in whining.

Stupid electoral system in Louisiana, I’d rather see a normal GOP primary held several months before the election.


43 posted on 07/06/2014 9:30:41 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Who controls the Senate might not be determined until December. I hope Mary Landrieu has some money because to be fat, ugly and broke would just be too much.


44 posted on 07/07/2014 12:28:34 AM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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To: Impy

Why don,t you answer the question?


45 posted on 07/07/2014 6:29:46 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Din Maker

We’re doomed. The fact that Roger Villere of the Louisiana Reputlican party is endorsing him in the primary doesn’t make it any better. There shouldn’t be an official endorsement in the primary when there are more than one Republican running. He’s also not pleasing to the eye on TV.


46 posted on 07/07/2014 10:40:14 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Impy

I wish we did too.


47 posted on 07/07/2014 10:41:03 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Impy; Gen.Blather
Mitch - ""After years of overspending by both parties, it’s time to make tough choices, just as any family does when times are tough, even among very good things. We have to cut even from programs that are good, as difficult as it is, recognizing that the values we are fighting for in this debate are more fundamental than the survival of any one program. We need to face that fact that we don’t have the money. It is not an American value to borrow from others to pay for programs we don’t need and can’t afford. And it is not an American value to put off tough decisions because you refuse to say no to things you want. If there’s any good news in this debate, it’s that we’re finally beginning to talk about how much to cut in this town instead of how much to spend. But we’re going to need more people to join the fight. We’ll need Democrats to join us. Above all, we need a President who gets it." "

In other words, "I promise continue my General Blather."

48 posted on 07/07/2014 11:08:36 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
Uh, you STILL have an open question to answer.

Please provide detail....

49 posted on 07/07/2014 6:42:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: murron

He’s also not pleasing to the eye on TV.
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That’s what I was talking about. I didn’t hear Bill Cassidy on Hannity’s radio show, I saw him on Hannity’s TV show. Guy looks like a phony and a dufus.


50 posted on 07/07/2014 7:29:28 PM PDT by Din Maker (Time to insure GOP will NOT get control of Senate. If you don't like revenge, you've never tasted it)
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