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Perfect Storm for Democratic Pickups

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Heitkamp and King, center, speaking with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy at the Capitol on Wednesday, helped add to the Democratic advantage in the Senate. The party’s gains rested on a number of elements, including strong candidates and GOP mistakes.

The DSCC certainly deserves some credit for getting good candidates in place, as well as for the results. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will get some blame, though I see little evidence that it erred anywhere except possibly in Wisconsin. The fact of the matter is that in primaries, Republicans have a much more complicated grass-roots problem than do Democrats.

Stuart Rothenberg is editor of the Rothenberg Political Report (

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