Harry Reid Is Done For

Harry Reid Three Years Budget Free SC Harry Reid is Done For

Republicans are excited about the prospect of controlling the Senate majority after the 2014 elections. In order to seize control, Republicans need to pick up six seats. This would have a huge impact on Obama’s ability to set the agenda and influence your life.

Democrats have the edge, but they must defend 20 seats, including seven seats in states that President Obama lost in 2012. Already, five Democratic incumbents have thrown in the towel, announcing plans to retire.

History is with the Republicans. During midterm elections, a president’s party often loses Senate seats. Here is a state-by-state roundup of Senate seats in play. We will update these races periodically.

Alaska

Democrats control this seat with freshman Senator Mark Begich, even though Obama lost Alaska in both 2008 and 2012. Begich only won this race by 1% of the vote because longtime Senator Ted Stevens was under the cloud of a Justice Department investigation.

Begich has worked hard, but anti-Obama sentiment is likely to be his undoing. Several strong candidates, including 2008 GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller, are considering the race.

Early prognosis: The Republicans pick up a seat (+1)

Arkansas

Barack Obama only received 36.88% of the vote in Arkansas in 2012. The President is very unpopular there, and he could bring down Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. Obamacare is also unpopular in Arkansas, and it will be used against Pryor (who voted for it.)

Republicans need to find a strong candidate to challenge Pryor. Last time Pryor ran, Republicans failed to field a candidate against him.

Rep. Tom Cotton, a rising conservative star, would be a formidable challenger to Pryor. Cotton is an Iraq War veteran and a favorite of Club for Growth and other conservative groups.

A poll released in mid-March showed Cotton leading Pryor, 43 percent to 35 percent. Cotton hasn’t decided what to do, but Republicans would be smart to urge him to run.

Early prognosis: Democrats hold Arkansas unless the GOP can produce a strong challenger (+0)

Iowa

Senator Tom Harkin, a fixture in Iowa politics for decades, is finally retiring. This gives Republicans a shot to win.

Even though Obama carried the state in 2012, Iowa remains very competitive for Republicans. Rep. Steve King has already thrown his hat in the ring, and he would be a strong contender. But don’t count on Republicans to pull together. King is one of the candidates D.C. GOP operative Karl Rove has targeted. Rove may spend big money against King, damaging his chances in the fall.

Early prognosis: Republican infighting keeps this seat Democrat (+0)

Louisiana

The Pelican State has been trending Republican, but Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu was re-elected with 52% of the vote in 2008. And as a long-term officeholder, she has to be considered the likely winner.

All of the Republican Party Congressmen from Louisiana will be competing for the GOP nomination to challenge Landrieu. Unfortunately for the Republicans, all of the challengers trail her in fundraising.

It will not be easy getting the better of Landrieu, but it is not impossible either. Unfortunately, the popular GOP Governor Bobby Jindal took a pass on this race.

Early prognosis: The Democrats will hold Louisiana (+0)

Michigan

Nobody thinks of Michigan as Republican; but with the insolvency of Detroit, the finances of the state have forced voters to turn to the GOP for answers. Obama carried Michigan in the presidential race, but the GOP did very well down ticket.

Longtime Democratic Senator Carl Levin has decided to retire, and it could provide Republicans with an opening. Three Republican Congressmen are looking at the race: Reps. Dave Camp, Mike Rogers, and Justin Amash, a Tea Party favorite. Scott Romney, brother of Mitt Romney, is also looking at the race.

Early prognosis: Bad finances and strong Republican candidates give the GOP another seat (+1)

North Carolina

Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan rode Obama’s coattails into office in 2008 and defeated incumbent Senator Elizabeth Dole. But North Carolina swung hugely Republican in 2012.

Now, every poll has Hagan below 50%, which is definitely a good sign for Republicans. Optimism has launched a crowded field into the GOP primary.

Early prognosis: The GOP should easily win here (+1)

South Dakota

Winds of change led three-term incumbent Democrat Senator Tim Johnson to tuck tail and retire. Popular two-term Republican Gov. Mike Rounds has announced his intention to run.

Early prognosis: The Republicans will only lose this one if they really screw up (+1)

Virginia

GOP chances in Virginia are slim unless Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has reached his term limit in the governor’s mansion, decides to run. But incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner is also popular, so the race won’t be easy.

On top of that, Virginia residents’ jobs are often dependent on federal spending. So it won’t be easy for any fiscally responsible Republican to win in Virginia. McDonnell probably gives the GOP its best shot.

Early prognosis: Chances are slim at this point (+0)

West Virginia

Democratic incumbent Senator Jay Rockefeller decided not to run for re-election. President Obama lost this state twice because of his stands against increasing coal-generated electricity, and he remains unpopular. The GOP has an excellent opportunity to win this WV Senate seat. Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is running, and very early opinion polls give her a lead.

Early prognosis: This seat is likely Republican (+1)

The Final Count

The early analysis shows that the Republicans will likely pick up five seats. It would only take one GOP win in a closely contested race in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, or Virginia to retire Harry Reid and change the face of Washington.

 

This article originally appeared at CapitoHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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Comments

  1. Hotnike says:

    DON'T FORGET MINNESOTA. AL FRANKEN IS VERY VULNERABLE IF PEOPLE EDUCATE THEMSELVES ABOUT HIS AGENDA.

  2. It is time for this little crook-fag to be replace. He and pelosi has done nothing but protect Barry Soetoro from being impeach. This littile fag reid is a traitor to the American people, he must go.

  3. wayne mann says:

    And good riddance to the jerk. Get the word out that we need to get every singletrepublican we can sign to vote in 2014.

  4. Sherlock Holmes says:

    last election there was a fraudulent outcome due to the work of satellite controlled Diebold programmed electronic vote computers and multiple voting dead democrats, so what has changed?
    Harry, according to reports won that last election through fraud, do you think the democrats are just going to give up all of a sudden and have a fair election?

    • wayne mann says:

      Maybe we need to go back to the antiquated system of hand written ballots with signatures that can be accountable. no boating for illegal aliens no voting without proper ID. This is nothing but a COUP that is happening now. If we don’t do something we’re lost but this so-called president is trying to force a war so he can do his take over in the name of national security
      he will make the war look like anybody’s fault but his. Bait and switch is all he does and their divide and conquer has worked. Scary times ahead…. don’t give up your guns….hide them well.

  5. I think the elections should be in ENGLISH ONLY. I work the polls and it seems every time I do there is another language added! Last time there were like 6 different languages, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Chamorro, Viet Namese and I forget what the other one was. I mean if one does not know english how the hell do they know who they are voting for or what their beliefs are!!!! AND it would sure the hell save a lot of OUR MONEY not to be printing up all those ballots!!! The Gov. is the BIGGEST waster of OUR money and they don't care, after all it's NOT their money! If they had to pay out of their pockets believe me there would be NO Ballots in any other language but English!!

    • wayne mann says:

      It should be only in English I agree. But we the people should legislate how voting be done. We can’t trust our government to protect us how can we expect them to run a legal Election race.?? This country is too tolerant and accommodating And everyone turns a blind eye to everything. Right now everyone is busy not seeing the takeover of this country.!!!

    • jon graham says:

      then pray tell how will the dumbocrats get the votes to ruin this country

      • wayne mann says:

        Lol… You are so right but then again I have realized that the elections have been fixed for many years… It doesn’t really matter who we vote for.

  6. Not fooled in Nevada says:

    High time to drain the swamp the Pelosi-I-am-in-the-fog way — start at the top with Reid — That dirtbag needs to go and the corrupt union thugs with him!

  7. JuneUSA says:

    If only we could be so lucky. I'll believe it when I see it. Same for Pelousi, Schumer, and so on. They have done more damage to our country than anyone in history, right along with Obama. And they seem so proud of themselves when they make idiots of themselves.

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