The 113th congress of 2013 to 2015 features 53 Democrats, 45 Republicans, and 2 independent congressmen (who tend to vote with the Democrats). For the 2014 elections, 21 seats held by Democrats will go up for election and 15 seats held by Republicans will hit the ballot. The Republicans have a lot of money to spend on the elections, but several barriers exist that will prevent a Republican takeover of the Senate. Those issues include the following 17 reasons.
17. Challengers have an uphill battle
To win the Senate, the Republicans need to win all their races plus six more seats to gain a majority. That’s going to be tough during midterm elections where Republicans are suffering from an identity crisis. Republican challengers for Senate seats will have a difficult time distancing themselves from the perennial role as the “bad guys” from several years of Republican-led congressional stalemates.