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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, 63, plans to seek a fifth six-year term in 2016.
Battered Democrats claimed a couple of consolation prizes Thursday from the midterm elections, as their candidates hung on for cliffhanger wins in Illinois and Washington state while nearly a dozen other races were still to be decided.
The Republican juggernaut lost a bit of its steam once it hit the Rocky Mountains, with Democrats and Republicans largely splitting the key contested races for governor and Senate, and Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet pulling out a win in a race that was only called late Wednesday.
Two years after painting the electoral map blue and winning such conservative strongholds as Indiana and Virginia, President Obama has found his campaign travel efforts are confined mostly to the pre-Obama map that kept Democrats contained in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast.
After two years of the Obama agenda and ever-waning Obamania, looming midterm election losses are crushing Democrats' hopes of keeping their party's control of Congress, numerous governorships and statehouses.
Patty Murray was stuck. Down in the polls for months and facing a well-known Republican challenger, the three-term Democrat was finding a difficult market for her hard-working-senator sales pitch.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's re-election hinges in part on his efforts to stop the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository from being built. But a fellow Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray, could hurt her re-election chances if she can't show that she's trying hard enough to get the project restarted.
Republicans this fall are hoping that what doesn't tear them apart will only make them stronger.
The Obama administration's decision to bypass Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository should give Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a boost in his bid for a fifth term. The action is not doing another endangered Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, any favors.