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2016 U.S. Senate races

Neutral in presidential race, Barack Obama digs in for other Dems

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In a rural stretch of Kentucky, voters picked up the phone in March to hear President Barack Obama on the line, urging them to vote for a little-known Democrat named Jeff Taylor. That an obscure special election for a Kentucky House seat had caught the president’s attention seemed odd. Yet Taylor won, joining two other victorious Democrats to deny Republicans the chance to take over the last Democratic-run legislative chamber in the South. Though he’s staying neutral in the Democratic…

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Republicans’ tough Senate map gets another twist

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Republicans’ plans to defend their Senate majority in 2016 just got a bit more complicated. GOP Sen. David Vitter‘s loss in Louisiana’s governor’s race over the weekend, and his decision to leave the Senate next year rather than seek re-election, creates an open seat that Republicans will have to defend. It’s a deep-red Southern state and the GOP will be heavily favored, but Democrats hope they might have a shot, especially with a newly elected Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards,…

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