Republican Odds of Senate Takeover Rise as Obama Declines – Businessweek

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Republican Odds of Senate Takeover Rise as Obama Declines – Businessweek

The election that will determine control of the U.S. Senate is more than seven months away, an eternity in American politics. Even so, independent analysts are increasingly bullish on Republican prospects of gaining the six seats the party needs to win control of the chamber.

Such an outcome would alter the legislative calculus in Washington, assuming the U.S. House remains in Republican hands, as most expect. Control of both chambers would allow the party to showcase policy proposals before the 2016 presidential race – – and try to undermine the opposition’s ideas.

It would also dramatically change the final two years of Barack Obama’s Democratic presidency, a turnabout that has plagued administrations throughout history. Six years into Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, Republicans won control of Congress in 1918 and then rejected his proposal to join the League of Nations, which he had promoted as an international peace-keeping organization after World War I.

“The Republicans are at least even money — and maybe a little better than that — at taking over the Senate,” said Stu Rothenberg, editor of the Washington-based nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.

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