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Reid expects Democrats will keep Senate majority, worries about losing SD seat

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he expects Democrats to maintain control of Senate in the fall elections but acknowledged things could change between now and then. “If the election were held today we’d be in the majority without any question, but the election is not today,” Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at his office in Reno.

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The Senate currently is made up of 53 Democrats, 45 Republicans and two independents who vote with the Democratic caucus.

Reid said he’s most concerned about the open seat in South Dakota, where longtime Democrat Tim Johnson is stepping down.

“We are going to lose in South Dakota, more than likely,” he said Monday.

Democrat Rick Weiland is running against Republican and former Gov. Mike Rounds, widely considered the frontrunner, and independents/former Republicans Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie.

Reid said he believes Democrats are ahead in Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Arkansas.

“In Louisiana, we are trying to get to 50 percent plus 1,” he said.

“We are holding our own in Georgia and in Kentucky. We are doing really well in Montana. They have to pick up six seats and ... it’s not going to be easy,” Reid said.