Senate control may hinge on fights over guns, immigration, budget

By Paul West – Action in Washington over the next few months on gun control, immigration and fiscal policy will set the stage for a fierce midterm election battle next year, with control of Congress the ultimate prize.

The Democrats’ hold on the Senate is at risk, with competitive 2014 contests for at least nine of their seats — seven in states Mitt Romney carried in 2012. Republicans would need a net gain of six seats to overturn the Democrats’ 55-45 edge.

“Beating incumbent senators is not easy,” said Rob Jesmer, former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “That’s why having open seats makes it such a huge deal.” more>



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