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Senate GOP Blames Losses on Candidates

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Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are getting credit for increasing their party’s majority in Tuesday’s elections. There will be 55 Democratic Senators in the 113th Congress.

The map again looks difficult for Democrats going forward, and they’ll be running in Obama’s second midterm election cycle, which has historically made things more difficult for the incumbent party. Even as Republicans were recovering from a rough Tuesday night, some found solace in the fact that 2014 is just around the corner.

“The silver lining for the GOP is that the Democrats have a lot of seats to defend in 2014, so we’ll have an opportunity to make some gains, and hopefully extend them in 2016 with an open presidential race,” Judy said. “But there’s no question that we need to improve on what we’ve done over the last two cycles.”

David M. Drucker contributed to this report.

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