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Senate Math Not So Simple

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Massachusetts is the Democratic Party’s best opportunity to pick up a seat, but Sen. Scott Brown has a lengthy head start on fundraising and strong approval ratings.

Fundraising reports to watch in other Senate primaries include both partiesí top candidates in New Mexico, where Rep. Martin Heinrich and state Auditor Hector Balderas are battling for the Democratic nomination and to keep the seat in Democratic hands. Republicans Heather Wilson, a former Congresswoman, and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez are squaring off for the GOP nod.

The most high-profile potential candidate still sitting on the sidelines is former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R), who has said she will announce her plans this fall. While the two-term governor would have a tough road to win Obamaís home state in a presidential cycle, her entrance would help the NRSC expand the map.

ďThe goal is always to expand the playing field as much as possible, especially if youíre on offense,Ē LaCivita said.

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