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Senators Mount Quiet Race to the Top

But he outpaces Durbin in giving from their respective leadership political action committees. Schumer’s IMPACT has given $120,000 to candidates and $15,000 to the DSCC this cycle, while Durbin’s Prairie PAC has given $85,000 to candidates and $15,000 to the DSCC. Schumer outpaced Durbin by about $60,000 to candidates in the 2007-08 cycle, while Durbin’s PAC bested Schumer’s by $10,000 in giving to other candidate PACs and party committees.

Of course, one big unknown for both Schumer and Durbin is which Senators will be left to vote should Reid lose. Some political pundits have predicted a loss of six to eight seats for Democrats in November — with centrists taking the biggest hit.

One senior Senate aide said both men need to tread carefully as they seek to win the hearts and minds of the rank and file.

“It could be seen as opportunistic and perhaps a turn off at a time when Democrats need to all work together to turn the narrative around and get on better political footing,” the aide said. “If they’re not careful and they start turning people off with their tactics, a third person could come out of nowhere.”

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