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The Ten Senate Races Democrats Are Most Likely to Win in 2016

We’re not yet halfway through 2015 but the 2016 race for control of the U.S. Senate is starting to take shape. This week The Hill ranked the 10 most competitive races — and since then there has been a development in the race The Hill listed as likely to be the easiest pickup for Democrats.

Yesterday former Sen. Russ Feingold, the Democratic incumbent who was unseated by current Sen. Ron Johnson in 2010, announced he was entering the race. Johnson, a tea partyist, won by 5 percentage points in the tea party’s anti-Obamacare wave election after spending millions of his own money. The Hill quotes him as saying he won’t self-fund this year — which only means he’ll rely on his wealthy cronies to spend unlimited money anonymously to fund his campaign. The Hill cited a poll by PPP taken before Feingold’s announcement that found Feingold with 50 percent support against Johnson’s 41 percent. Wisconsin has voted for the Democratic candidate in every presidential cycle since 1984.

Within hours after Feingold’s announcement, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts endorsed him, according to an email sent by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.

The Hill’s other nine most-competitive races are:

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Vaguest Headline Ever?

GOP governor candidate denies unknown allegations

Chicago Tribune, Feb. 3, 2014


Illinois Legalizes Marriage Equality – Now 115 Million Americans Live in States Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal

115 Million

Combined population of the 16 states, now including Illinois, and the District of Columbia where marriage equality is legal.


Rep. Schakowsky Discusses Her Plan to Create 2.2 Mil Jobs

We asked, What Should Obama Do? Any Ideas? Here’s one from Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., that she says would create 2.2 million jobs.