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Republicans Hope To Take Control Of US Senate

September 3, 2014, 10:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Republicans Hope To Take Control Of US Senate

Now that the unofficial end of summer has passed, another season is about to heat up; the political season.

Labor Days usually marks the beginning of political campaigns and all across the country and Republicans are turning up the heat.

The race for control of the US Senate is up for grabs this mid-term election year.  

Democrats currently hold it, but with a number of US. Senators set to retire, including Democrat Tim Johnson, political experts say Republicans are feeling good about winning back the Senate.

"When they looked at the electoral map and saw who was retiring and they saw Senator Tim Johnson was retiring, they all went WHEW! There's one in the bag," Augustana College political science professor Emily Wanless said.

In South Dakota, the US Senate race is crowded with former Republican Governor Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland, and former US Senator Larry Pressler and State Senator Gordon Howie, who are both running as Independents.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already conceded South Dakota.

Wanless says, typically, mid-term elections are seen as a referendum on the President and his party.

"Voters seem to like balanced government and so when you give power to one party, inevitably you're going to critique the use of that power and the way voters critique is by electing members or showing more support to members of the other party," Wanless said.

Because Republicans on the national level feel, South Dakota is a sure bet, they'll spend their money elsewhere and that could pay off according to Wanless. 

"Right now we would expect Democrats to lose seats given the unpopularity of the President," Wanless said.

Right now CBS News projects that Republicans will pick up the six seats needed to take back control of the Senate this fall, including the race here in South Dakota.

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