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Taking Back DC

Millions of Americans are talking about the possibility of the Democratic Party taking back control of the US Senate. If this were to occur... Hillary Clinton would get her presidency off to a fresh start and there would be true hope for the progress of this country.


There are 34 Senate Seats up for grabs (10 are Democrat and 24 are Republican).


Currently, 44 of the 100 Senate Seats are held by Democrats, 2 are held by Independents and Republicans hold 54.


This, of course, gives the Republican Party majority control, and, in the day of very partisan politics, this means Republican bills will pass and Democratic bills will be voted down.


To regain control of the Senate, the Democratic Party would have to keep the 10 D-seats up for re-election and overtake 6 of the 24 Republican seats up for grabs.


Winning 3 of the current Republican Senate seats is not only possible - you could label the scenario "likely."


Then the numbers get tricky and it all comes down to "how much damage Donald Trump has done to the entire Republican party and how many Democrats show up to take advantage of the crumbling party."


Lastly (and many hardcore Hillary supporters are going to hate to hear/read this) we could wind up with a perfectly divided and even US Senate: 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans and 2 Independents --- leaving Independent Senator Bernie Sanders as the spoiler and the deciding vote.




Republican Senate Members up for re-election



Marco Rubio (FL)

Johnny Isakson (GA)

Tim Scott (SC)

Richard Burr (NC)

Kelly Ayotte (NH)

Patrick Toomey (PA)

Rob Portman (OH)

Rand Paul (KY)

Richard Shelby (AL)

David Vitter (LA)

John Boozman (AR)

Roy blunt (MO)

Mark Kirk (IL)

Daniel Coats (IN)

Ron Johnson (WI)

Chuck Grassley (IA)

James Lankford (OK)

Jerry Moran (KS)

John Thune (SD)

John Hoevan (ND)

John McCain (AZ)

Mike Lee (UT)

Mike Crapo (ID)

Lisa Murkowski (AK)



Democratic Senate Members up for re-election 



Barbara Mikolski (MD)

Chuck Schumer (NY)

Richard Blumenthaw (CT)

Mike Bennet (CO)

Harry Reid - Is Not running (NV)

Barbara Boxer (CA)

Ron Wyden (OR)

Patty Murray (WA)

Patrick Leahy (VT)

Brian Schatz (HI)


John M Disque is an American journalist specializing in politics and social issues.

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