- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Heading into the Labor Day weekend, the University of Virginia Center for Politics predicts that Republicans are poised to snag somewhere between four and eight Senate seats in the November election.

Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik, and Geoffrey Skelley make the case in a piece for Politico Magazine that Republicans could prove to be their own worst enemies — thanks to their “ideological disunity and their refusal to march together tactically and strategically.”

Democrats, they say, are hoping that will happen when Congress returns from their August break. Meanwhile, Republicans, they say hope President Obama’s approval rating, which has stabilized between 41 percent and 44 percent in 2014, deteriorates.

“Given electoral conditions and the red-leaning geography of the map, Republicans have few credible excuses if they don’t take Senate control in January. GOP hopes in the Senate have been dashed in the previous four elections; if there’s a fifth this November, Republicans will have only themselves to blame,” they say.