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Politics

Democrats face rough Senate terrain

Must defend 21 seats in the 2014 midterm election

WASHINGTON — After a surprising string of victories last fall, Democrats now face a challenging terrain as they look to hold onto their Senate majority in 2014 and prevent Republicans from gaining full control of Congress during President Obama’s final two years.

His party must defend a hefty 21 seats, including seven in largely rural states that the president lost last fall.

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