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April 22, 2014


Southern Democrats Are Less Vulnerable Than You Think

Nate Cohn: "Democrats' hopes of keeping their Senate majority this November may well hinge on the ability of three of their incumbents to hold onto their seats deep in enemy territory: the South. To take the Senate and consolidate their control of Congress, Republicans need only extend their stranglehold on Dixie to Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, all of which voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election."

"Yet the hopes of these three states' incumbent Democratic senators -- Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan -- are still alive. That may be surprising in light of the region's lurch to the right, but it shouldn't be: Incumbency is powerful. In the South, Democratic incumbents have won 85 percent of the time since 1990, and 77 percent since 2000."












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