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Menendez: Sarah Palin dooms Carly Fiorina and GOP chance of retaking Senate

DSCC Chief Robert Menendez said Sarah Palin’s ties to California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina will prove fatal for Fiorina’s election chances and the GOP odds of regaining a majority in the Senate.

At a Monitor Breakfast, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, said that Sarah Palin has made it likely that the Democrats will retain a majority in the US Senate in the 2010 elections.

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Republican senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina’s statement that she shares Sarah Palin’s values is one reason the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) says his party will keep control of the US Senate in the 2010 elections.

When DSCC Chair Robert Menendez was asked at a Monitor breakfast what he thought the chances were that his party would lose its senate majority, he called the idea “wishful thinking on behalf of Republicans.”

The New Jersey senator went on to list events that would need to occur for the Democrats to lose their senate majority, which now stands at 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans, and two Independents.

What would have to happen

“They have to win every one of their – their – open seats. They have to win all six. They have to defend a couple of their most vulnerable incumbents in North Carolina and in Louisiana. And after that they have to pick up 10 seats. I just do not see that under any set of circumstances,” Senator Menendez told a room filled with reporters Wednesday.

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