Karl Rove: GOP Can Retake Senate in 2014
But the party will need 'quality candidates'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2013 12:16 PM CDT
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., won't be seeking re-election, and that opens up a real chance for Republicans to grab his seat.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – If the Todd Akins and Richard Mourdocks of the world keep their distance, Republicans have a chance of retaking the Senate in 2014, writes Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal. To do so, they would would need a net gain of six seats. It sounds steep, but Max Baucus recently became the sixth Democrat to announce his retirement, compared with only two Republicans. Rove assesses some of the key races involving the 35 Senate seats up for grabs and gives his party an "outside chance" of taking control.

Among other things, candidates will need "a compelling and substantive agenda" on the economy to win over independents. But first on Rove's list of necessities: "Republican success will depend on having quality Senate candidates." (That's where he names Akin and Mourdock, who "self-destructed last fall.") Before Democrats get too nervous, they might recall that on the eve of the presidential election, Rove predicted Romney in a squeaker. Click for Rove's full column today.

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May 20, 2013 10:06 AM CDT
Karl "Gollum" Rove was a Bush regime toady who pines for the days of when his master destroyed everything he touched. Why he remains alive is anyone's guess.
May 5, 2013 4:37 PM CDT
Karl Rove? "Phat White Man speaks with Forked Tongue"
May 5, 2013 1:20 AM CDT
If the Marxists win the House there will be a a complete dictatorship with all three branches of government in corrupt hands. Kind of makes old people glad their old, doesn't it.