Republicans fighting to hang onto Senate — in 2016

Democrats sound eager about 2016 chances in Wisconsin, Illinois, elsewhere
Republicans fighting to hang onto Senate — in 2016

Republicans are planning to use their newfound Senate majority to challenge President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats come January.

But they also will have to defend their seats as they face a much tougher election map two years from now and the prospect of returning to the minority.

In November 2016, Republicans will be defending 24 seats and Democrats 10. Seven of the GOP seats are in states that President Barack Obama won with 50 percent or more of the vote in 2012.

It’s a stark reversal from this past November, when Democrats were crushed on Election Day.

It will be a tough climb for Democrats to make up those losses. But they sound eager about their chances in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and elsewhere.