Republicans are gaining steam in election polls

Who wins the senate might not be settled next week

Courtesy NBC News

(NBC News) – President Obama headed to Maine Thursday to campaign, with more polls showing his Democrats unlikely to keep control of the Senate in next week’s election.

“Republicans have about a two-in-three chance of winning the Senate,” says Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “They have so many advantages this year, and their candidates are doing reasonably well.”

Most of the 13 states up for grabs are rural and Republican leaning, and long serving Democrats in four of them are retiring.

Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell is an exception in his own party. The senate GOP leader is in a tough fight with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Still, who wins the senate might not be settled next week. The races in Georgia and Louisiana might go to runoffs in December and January.

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