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All eyes on the South as midterms loom

The South a major factor in 2014 midterm elections
The South a major factor in 2014 midterm elections
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The South is where the Democrats and their leader have always faced their strongest opposition, and it is where the party will fight its most challenging battle in many years. Their hold on the US Senate has been slipping for some time and now, three incumbents must face the music with constituents who know they voted for Obamacare. With the exception of one, all the competitive races take place in states where the President lost in 2012. Republicans are confident they can achieve the six seat gain required to win the Senate this November.

On the ballot for the first time since voting for the President's disastrous signature health care law are Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. The various fiascoes surrounding the roll out of the socialist program known as Obamacare and its unconstitutional image have incumbents attempting to avoid speaking about the ACA and their leader in lieu of emphasizing local issues.

Democrats are already vulnerable due to traditionally lower voter turnout than is the case with Republicans at midterm elections, and it is predicted that most will make little mention of the man who leads their party during their campaigns.

Among the races to watch are Landrieu and Cassidy in Louisiana and Cochran and McDaniel in Mississippi. In Mississippi, Senator Thad Cochran must campaign for the first time in decades due to a challenge from Senator McChris Daniel, the latter of whom received endorsements from national Tea Party and conservative groups. Cochran claims he is not pro-big government, but McDaniel is focusing on the nation's 17 trillion dollar debt to refute this claim. Team Cochran launched a weak counterattack concerning McDaniel's legislative votes supporting bond debt for public projects, a comparison that McDaniel says is not intellectually honest.

In Louisiana, Senator Mary Landrieu is seeking a 4th term; however, she has never topped 52.1 percent of the vote. Although Landrieu enjoyed two wins in Democratic presidential years by campaigning as a centrist who could work with Republicans, this time she must run with Obama's 40 percent approval rating in Louisiana as a backdrop. She defends her pro-Obamacare vote, but says she supports changes to the law. These and other battles in Southern states will likely determine the fate of the US Senate this Fall.