Democrats expect to maintain control of the Senate, but the race leading up to this year’s election “is essentially still a margin-of-error race, within single digits, and it’s going to stay that way within the course of the race,” Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said on Wednesday.
• At a Democratic National Convention event hosted by National Journal, The Atlantic and CBS News, Cecil said there are a few states—Virginia, Missouri, Indiana—where white, suburban female voters could tip votes in favor of Democratic candidates, and the party is focusing on “maximizing the vote among African Americans and continuing growth with Hispanics.”
• The impact of Mitt Romney’s pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as vice president could “make a definite difference” for Democratic candidates seeking middle-class votes if the party focuses not just on Medicare, but on education issues within Ryan’s budget plan, such as Pell grants, Cecil said.
• Democratic candidates are polling within the margin of error in red states where President Obama is expected to lose, such as in North Dakota, Cecil said.
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