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View Diary: Jay Rockefeller to retire at end of term, creating open seat in West Virginia (149 comments)

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  •  Well, we already don't have those seats. Duh. (6+ / 0-)

    The question is whether we can hold onto what we have, get lucky on GOP retirements (Maine?) and Akin situations, etc.

    •  GOP Retirements (1+ / 0-)
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      Watch not only Maine but also Mississippi.  Thad Cochran is getting up in years and might hang it up.

      If he does Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood might throw his hat in the ring.  He is the last statewide Democrat standing and might be able to get the 20% white vote that will be need to squeak out a narrow win.  It would be uphill but is doable...Democrats have a base vote of around 44% in the heavily African American state.

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