US Senate race: Democrats, GOP claiming perceived leads, victories

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Washington, Oct.5 (ANI): With less than a month left for the mid-term elections, both Democrats and Republicans are claiming perceived leads and victories.

According to Fox News, with 29 days to go until the vote, Republicans are suggesting six winners and seven up-in-the-air contests, a drop in earlier predictions of grabbing 10 seats, while the Democrats are looking at a tightening of polls in several races to suggest they are on an upsurge.

The GOP needs the magic figure of ten to win the Senate majority.

The current Senate configuration is 59 Democrats, including two Democratic-caucusing independents, and 41 Republicans.

According to a National Republican Senatorial Committee analysis out Monday, the Republican-held Senate seats of Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Idaho, South Dakota, Iowa, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are all safe while New Hampshire, Kansas, Utah and Ohio Republican candidates hold double-digit leads.

The Republicans say they are hopeful of taking the Democratic seats of North Dakota, Indiana and Arkansas, and also feel upbeat about taking Wisconsin, Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Democrats note that 15 races are within 5 points, and that 10 is an awfully large number for Republicans to achieve, even in a year marked by an anti-establishment mood.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday he has no doubt that both chambers of Congress would have Democratic majorities come November 3. (ANI)

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