The election that will determine control of the U.S. Senate is more than seven months away, an eternity in American politics. Even so, independent analysts are increasingly bullish on Republican prospects of gaining the six seats the party needs to win control of the chamber.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Republicans in Washington wanted North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis to quickly win the party’s Senate nomination and focus entirely on vulnerable Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.
Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Delaware, becoming the latest insurgent candidate to overcome opposition from party officials who expressed doubt about her chances of winning the seat in November.
Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell defeated a veteran lawmaker for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Delaware, an upset analysts said would increase Democrats’ chances of holding the seat and retaining control of the chamber in November.
Representative Scott Rigell knows he’s a talker. He owns auto dealerships, where a knack for storytelling comes in handy. So when the Virginia Republican takes the floor at an Aug. 22 breakfast with constituents in Norfolk, he sets a timer to keep his inner salesman from carrying on too long.