If Democrats Lose Senate, They May Not Get It Back

Democratic Senate prospects in 2016 depend on Democratic victories in 2014.
Mitch McConnell, in wave form.

Democrats curse their luck in 2014 -- a midterm in a president's (often) grim sixth year, with most of the competitive races taking place in states won easily by the last Republican presidential candidate. Low presidential approval ratings in states that Democrats need to win -- Obama is at around 38 percent in Iowa, a state he won in both 2008 and 2012 -- are not leavening the mood.

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