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Can Senate Republicans Count to 10?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Over at, political handicapper Charlie Cook weighs the odds of the GOP taking over the Senate come November. Cook’s assessment:

“A year and a half ago, it seemed impossible that Republicans would take back the Senate after losing control in 2006. Now it is certainly possible that the Senate will switch, but still fairly unlikely.”

In order to run the Senate next year, Republicans would need a net-gain of 10 seats. And how do they get to 10?

1. Win the open seat in North Dakota. Byron Dorgan’s retiring; the current Republican governor is running. Easy enuf.

2. Win the open seat in Indiana. Evan Bayh’s retiring; former GOP Sen. Dan Coats has come out of retirement. Ditto.

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