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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 6, 2014, 12:50 PM

2. Yes, but at the moment none of these are "open" seats

I think people don't understand how bad the map was for Senate Democrats this year. Not only were we fighting on Republican turf in many places, but there were so many open seats, due mostly to senators retiring. Right now, there are no open races in any of the states that we would hope to turn from red to blue in 2016.

And it's very difficult to unseat incumbents once they are ensconced. I doubt that here in Illinois we will be able to unseat Republican Mark Kirk, given the demographics of downstate conservative voters and moderate suburban Republican voters, and given that he has a very heartfelt medical story to use for sympathy votes. We'd need to have a superlative candidate to do that.

So at this moment, I'm not holding my breath for a reversal in 2016. But I'll try like hell to make it happen.

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