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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:02 PM
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The Uneven Senate Landscape of 2012 (and 2014)

* By Stuart Rothenberg
* Roll Call Contributing Writer
* April 14, 2011, Midnight


Just over four years ago I wrote in this space that Democrats not only didnt have to worry about losing their Senate majority in 08, they needed to set their sights on 60 seats in 2010 because a filibuster-proof majority would change the rules of the game on Capitol Hill.

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Republican won 24 of the 37 Senate contests last year, giving them a head start not only on winning a Senate majority in 2012 but possibly winning a 60-seat supermajority two years later.

They will need to net 26 or 27 of the remaining 67 contests over the next two cycles to win a majority in 2014, or 36 of the next 67 to get to 60 seats during the next midterm elections.

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The 2012 Senate class includes 23 Democrats and only 10 Republicans, and the stunning imbalance means that Democrats will be on the defensive throughout the cycle unless the political environment shifts dramatically to their party.

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http://www.rollcall.com/issues/56_111/rothenberg-uneven...
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:07 PM
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1. Either way, though, the Ownership class retains a supermajority in the Senate
That's what we need to work on changing.
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