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Senate landscape ripe for GOP takeover in November

An overview of some of the more hotly contested Senate races: who’s running, where they stand, and the chances of the GOP taking the majority.

When Human Events last looked at the 35 states in which voters are choosing U.S. Senators this fall, we concluded that â??Republicans are brimming with confidence about gaining at least the four seats they needâ? to turn the Senateâ??s present 53-to-47 seat Democratic edge into a GOP majority.

Nearly four months later, that confidence has clearly grown. Of those 35 Senate races, eighteen can be considered truly competitive. The seats of all seven retiring Democratic senators are in that category: Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), Daniel Akaka (Hawaii), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Jeff Bingaman (N.M.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Jim Webb (Va.), and Herb Kohl (Wis.). In addition, no less than seven Democratic incumbent senators are facing spirited challenges from Republican opponents.

Are Republican-held Senate seats in danger? Sure. Republican Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.) and Dean Heller (Nev.) are both under intense fire. While in Maine, the retirement of moderate GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe has created perhaps the most unusual Senate race of the year: former Gov. Angus King, an independent, is the favorite and all signs point to him siding with Democrats on Senate control. In Indiana, the primary defeat of 30-year Sen. Richard Lugar by conservative State Treasurer Richard Mourdock has created a freshly competitive race in November. Incumbents in BOLD.

 

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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