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Politicohttp://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/senate-2 ... 19778.html Democrats face narrow path to retake Senate in 2016 Democrats can take back the Senate in 2016 after a stinging, nine-seat defeat last year — but their path is narrow, and any gains could be fleeting.The party needs to capture four or five seats — depending on the results of the presidential election — next November. While the 2016 map is favorable, flipping control of the Senate would require winning most of the toss-up races and defeating several well-funded GOP incumbents in pricey swing states that will also be crucial in the race for the White House.Both parties — by virtue of the Senate seats that are in cycle next year — have distinct goals in the early stages of the race to control the chamber. Democrats are trying to identify and recruit candidates to take on the myriad GOP senators who are up for reelection in 2016. Republicans, on the other hand, have few pick-up opportunities and are looking to shore up their incumbents.Since we set our initial Campaign Pro Senate-race rankings three months ago, Democrats have recorded some notable recruiting successes: Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth entered the race against GOP Sen. Mark Kirk; former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold challenged the man who beat him in 2010, Sen. Ron Johnson, to a rematch; and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s preferred successor in Nevada, former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, jumped in the contest to replace him.
Democracy is a garden that has to be tended. -Barack Obama