Dick Morris looks at the

Dick Morris looks at the battle for the Senate. Relying in part on Zogby polls, Morris sees the Democrats likely to pick up seats in Arkansas and Colorado and Republicans likely to offset these gains with pick-ups in South Dakota and Missouri. Morris believes that further Democratic gains are possible in New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Texas, while the Republicans could pick up Minnesota and New Jersey. He also observes that if the Republicans win in Missouri, then Jim Talent will be seated immediately because the Democratic incumbent was appointed, not elected. This would give Republicans control of the Senate at least until January and enable President Bush’s pending judicial nominees to be confirmed. The Democrats might be able to prevent this through a “switch in time” by Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, in which case Bush might well resort to recess appointments.

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