Analysis: Republicans could see more bruising Senate primaries – News – AM 590 – WKZO Everything Kalamazoo

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Jul

Analysis: Republicans could see more bruising Senate primaries – News – AM 590 – WKZO Everything Kalamazoo

In next year’s elections, Republicans will need a net gain of six seats to take control of the 100-member Senate. Most analysts expect the party to gain some seats – possibly enough to reclaim a majority – but say it cannot afford the types of missteps it has made in the past two elections.

The fields of candidates are still shaping up, but already there are signs of brewing Senate primary fights among Republicans in several states, including Iowa, Georgia and Alaska.

“The Republican path to success in the Senate is pretty narrow. If they lose one or two seats because of a difficult primary, that’s a huge problem – and it’s possible,” said Jennifer Duffy, a Senate analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

“They can’t afford a lot of unforced errors,” she added.

Many Republicans still have painful memories of the last two elections, when contentious primaries produced Senate nominees such as Todd Akin in Missouri, Richard Mourdock in Indiana, Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.

But the prospect of ugly Republican nominating battles has given Democrats hope. In conservative Georgia, where Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss is retiring, several Republicans including three members of Congress – Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston – already have said they will seek the seat.

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