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Three races that will decide Senate control


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Control of the Senate is up for grabs this November, and the electoral map presents plum opportunities for both Democrats and Republicans to make gains, some receiving less attention than others.


Democrats only need three to four seats to flip the Senate's balance of power in the fall, presuming they hold onto Alabama. And that isn't likely as Democratic Sen. Doug Jones is poised to lose to former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, only three years after arriving in Washington.

The problem for Republicans is they're defending more ground, with 23 seats up for consideration this cycle compared to Democrats' 12. They also face the prospect of a "wave" election where President Trump's unpopularity could tank the rest of the GOP ticket. The president trails presumptive 2020 Democratic standard-bearer Joe Biden by an average of 8.7 percentage points in the polls, according to RealClearPolitics.


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