The Big Senate Battlegrounds

Despite Bush's lead, it's looking good for the Democrats

Democrats now hold an eight-seat majority in the Senate, and unless there is a big Republican sweep in November, they should maintain control. There are 33 seats at stake, 18 Democratic and 15 Republican. TIME's assessment:

CALIFORNIA. The seat occupied by Republican Pete Wilson is hardly warm: not since 1952 has its occupant been re-elected. To extend that tradition, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy has been husbanding his cash for a final blitz to rescue his ailing campaign. Wilson is vulnerable for being wishy-washy; he withheld endorsement of the Reagan-Gorbachev INF treaty even longer than Senate Republican leader Bob Dole.


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