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Nervous Republicans see Trump sinking, and taking McConnell’s Senate majority with him

“The election is still six months away, but a rash of ominous new polls and the president’s erratic briefings have the Republicans worried about a Democratic takeover,” The New York Times reports.

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By not standing firmly for their own policies, Democrats send a message to voters that the unending Republican criticism of the president is legitimate. There is much that is going right in this country, and there is still time for Democrats to say so.

— The New York Times, suggesting in a strongly-worded editorial that Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kay Hagan, and other Democratic candidates stop trying to avoid being associated with President Barack Obama and Obama’s accomplishments.

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Karl Rove’s PAC attacking Democrats for not being progressive enough

Well-funded Republican operative Karl Rove is targeting Democratic Senators Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Mark Pryor in Arkansas for saying nice things about the deficit reduction plan generated by the Simpson-Bowles Commission. The ads equate the Senators’ praise for the Commission’s plan with cuts to Social Security and Medicare, suggesting that Hagan and Pryor want to hurt both.

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Inside the Democrats’ plan to win in states like Arkansas

The Atlantic’s Molly Ball reports on the “unprecedented political organizing effort” to win in states that Mitt Romney carried in 2012, including Arkansas (where longtime Senator Mark Pryor is up for reelection) and North Carolina (where freshman Senator Kay Hagan is up).

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