Reid: 'We Feel Comfortable' Koch Bros. Won't 'be Able to Buy the Senate'
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today that he's confident in his party's ability to retake the upper chamber in November "even though we're watching the Koch brothers try to buy America."
Forty-four Dem seats are safe or not up for re-election this year, and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) looks likely to win re-election. The party also looks likely to oust two GOP incumbents, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).
Forty-six Republican seats are safe or not up for re-election. GOP Sens. Johnny Isakson (Ga.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are likely to win re-election, and the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is expected to stay red. Incumbents Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are also doing well in their re-election bids.
Among the toss-ups: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who enjoys a single-digit polling lead over Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.); Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who's in a close race with his challenger; Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who has a slight lead in his re-election bid; Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), in a statistical dead-heat; and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).
The open toss-ups include Reid's seat in Nevada, where Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) is locked in a tight race with former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and the Indiana seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R), where former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) leads in his comeback bid.
Reid told reporters after a closed policy luncheon on Capitol Hill that he feels "very comfortable that we're going to have a Democratic majority leader, and he's from New York."