Democratic retirements in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia and competitive GOP challengers elsewhere are serving the mission of National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran, R-Kan., to win six seats in November 2014 and return the Senate to GOP control. “You have to say the Senate is broadly in play. Most of the takeover opportunities are Republican opportunities to take over Democratic seats,” Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, told the Wall Street Journal. Moran –who last week was listed as one of the “100 People to Watch This Fall” by the Hill newspaper – said: “There’s a lot of work to be done, but we feel very comfortable about the progression of the map in our favor.” There are no signs Moran will have to worry about Sen. Pat Roberts’ bid for a fourth term in his home state, of course. Roberts had $1.5 million on hand as of last month and no Democratic challenger, though Army veteran Aaron Estabrook is exploring a run as an independent under the banner of the Moderate Party of Kansas.
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