Less than four months after the painful loss in midterm polls that cost them their majority, the Democrats seem to have started strategizing a path back to retain the lost control over Senate that runs through over half a dozen blue and purple American states where the party can boost its presidential prospects.
Despite the terrain seems favorable for the Democrats, the party loyals fear falling short if marquee challengers fail to come forward, as their talent pool is superficial and miss the expectations required to root out a well-prepared group of Republican senators.
In order to boost their 2016 prospects, the Democrats are making blue-chip recruits of leaders, enjoying tags of a star fundraiser, a war hero, a popular governor or toughened ex-senators, as they believe such associations are essential to win back the lost control of the US Senate in prudential election in 2016.
“The bench is short, but the aces are strong… All you need is a right-hander that throws 99 mph, and you don’t need a bench,” said Democratic donor John Morgan.
The Democrats are under severe pressure for enlisting top contenders as they require to win four seats or five (if a Republican wins the White House race) in order to reclaim the majority.
Former Pennsylvania governor Edward G. Rendell (Democrat), said, “Candidates matter…The lesson of 2010 is that even in the wave election, where Republicans nominated candidates with flaws, they lost. So we can’t just nominate anybody. We’ve got to find really good candidates.”
A survey of over a dozen national and state-based Democrats revealed about some of the top favorites that they wished to see associated with them this presidential election. Some of the prominent names include former Ohio governor Ted Strickland; New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan; Iraq war veteran Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), who lost her legs during a combat mission; former senator Russell Feingold (Wis.), a liberal favorite; and former senator Kay Hagan (N.C.), who lost a close reelection race; and Rep. Patrick Murphy (Fla.), a talented fundraiser from a swing district.
Republicans will defend 24 seats in Senate in the 2016 election which include seven in those states won twice by President Barack Obama, while Democrats will be defending just 10 seats all in the states that the President had carried in both 2008 and 2012 polls.
As Republicans in House are enjoying their widest majority in so many decades, they are automatically the early favorites to stay in power. But the fight for the US Senate would finally determine whether the next president will have to face a split Congress or have a completely GOP-controlled one.