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Dems on thin ice for 2014
The Hill, by A.B. Stoddard

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Posted By:garnet, 5/1/2014 10:22:16 AM

Amid a torrent of fresh and frightening polling, Democrats are clinging to some comforting silver linings: flush war chests, a few strong individual polls, a robust gender gap. But it will be months before we know if they are kittens balancing on branches or cats with nine lives. In recent weeks, as Republicans have increased their list of targets to win back the six seats they need to control the U.S. Senate, Democrats have cheered the fact that two polls show Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas well ahead of their competitors in the midterm races.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 5/1/2014 11:46:08 AM     (No. 9832455)

Don´t buy what they´re selling.
Get back to work (or get started) working for good people to elected / reelected.

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