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Rothenberg upgrades Florida Senate race to ‘Toss-Up/Tilt Republican’

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Rothenberg Political Report updated its predictions for the U.S. Senate races on the ballot this November.

Republicans are seen making gains across the nation but not picking up enough seats to take control from the Democrats. The latest ratings have the U.S. Senate election in Florida as “Toss-Up/Tilt Republican,” giving GOP candidate Marco Rubio the slightest of edges over Independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

As for the GOP’s chances of recapturing the U.S. Senate:

Realistically, Republicans are still short of the 10-seat gain they would need to flip the Senate in November. For now, we see no reason to revise our earlier outlook. The GOP is most likely to net 5 to7 Senate seats, with an 8-seat gain certainly possible. Additional Democratic losses would depend on whether Washington, Wisconsin and California become more competitive. This means Democrats would retain control of the Senate, but at a dramatically reduced level.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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