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NY Times: G.O.P.’s Hopes to Take Senate Are Dimming

The conventional wisdom of a Republican tide in next year's Congressional elections may already be ebbing because of Republican Senate candidates support for the shutdown, including Congressman Steve Daines, according to this weekend's New York Times:

In Louisiana and Montana, which have a history of electing moderate Democrats to the Senate, the likely Republican nominees are House members who have aligned themselves with the conservatives who are vowing to keep the government closed until Mr. Obama agrees to changes in the health care law.

In Montana, Democrats have piled on Representative Steve Daines, a first-term congressman who is expected to run for the seat being vacated by Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat who was first elected in 1978. They have sought to portray Mr. Daines, who signed on to the effort not to vote for a budget until the health care law is stripped of its financing, as a pawn of Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who has led the defunding campaign on Capitol Hill.

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