President Barack Obama held two meetings this week plotting strategy to maintain the Senate Democratic majority, while also pitching an issue that could put a vulnerable incumbent at risk: a minimum wage increase.
A shakeup of committee chairmanships stands to boost the clout of the oil and gas industry in the U.S. Senate at the same time it strengthens the candidacy of one of the chamber’s most vulnerable Democrats.
Most Republican U.S. Senators seeking re-election next year face primary challenges, underscoring differences in tone and ideology within the party as it seeks to wrest control of the chamber from the Democrats.
The election-year arithmetic in U.S. Senate races is growing increasingly complicated for Republicans, diminishing the party’s prospects of winning a majority that earlier this year was seen as within its grasp.