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A little less than six months from Election Day, Jessica breaks down the state of play in the Senate. The map remains incredibly challenging for Democrats who have no room for error.

Transcript:

Jessica Taylor: [00:00:00] Hi, I'm Jessica Taylor. I'm the senate and governor's editor here at the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. We're a little less than six months out from election day, and we recently put out our re our Senate outlook. Um, this remains just an incredibly challenging map for Democrats. They are playing complete defense basically.

And because the West Virginia Open, West Virginia Senate seat, we. Um, expect to flip to Republican. That means that they cannot afford to lose any other seats. And in fact, even if Republicans only flip West Virginia and former president Trump wins the white house, then Republicans would have already won back the Senate because, um, a Republican vice president would be the tie

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