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Albert R. Hunt

Democrats See Chance to Reclaim Senate Majority

Republicans have far more seats to defend in 2016.
New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte faces a tough re-election.

New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte faces a tough re-election.

Photographer: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images

In 2014, Democrats, the majority party in the Senate, had to defend most of the seats up for election, more than a few in unfriendly territory. That year, Republicans took back control of the chamber, picking up nine seats.

Democrats are counting on a similar scenario unfolding to their advantage next year: Republicans currently have a 54-46 advantage, but of the 34 seats up in 2016, only 10 are held by Democrats.