Republicans have leads in five crucial Senate races, according to new polling conducted for the GOP-aligned group American Crossroads.
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The Washington Post
Our initial Senate forecast for 2014 suggested that Republicans had a solid chance of taking back the Senate. Now we want to show how they can do it. Our model suggests, in fact, if Republicans win the Senate elections in only four states — Alaska, Louisiana, Iowa, and Montana — then they are very likely to take control of the chamber.
The Wall Street Journal
Vulnerable Senate Democrats have amassed sizable war chests to fend off their Republican challengers this fall, but several GOP rivals are closing the gap, outraising Democrats in the final stretch of last year, new figures show.
Republican gains and President Obama’s weakness have Democrats on their heels, preparing to fight for Senate seats they never thought they would have to defend and hoping that 2016 will give them a chance to win back the Senate if they lose it next year.
The New York Times
o Representative Steve Daines, Republican of Montana, his vote this month against a 1,582-page, $1.1 trillion spending bill was at once a stand for fiscal sanity and a protest against spending cuts to rural communities, a “constructive no,” as he put it last week.
The Washington Post
Ed Gillespie’s announcement last week that he is challenging Sen. Mark Warner (D) in Virginia is the latest piece of evidence that Republicans have learned well from the recruitment strategy of Senate Democrats in 2012.
Republicans have their best shot in years at taking back the Senate in 2014, but a lot has to break their way. They have to pick up just six seats and defend 14, unlike Democrats who have to defend 21 seats.