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The NRSC has released a new web video on Congressman Joe Sestak’s decision to start out his campaign by deceiving Pennsylvanians about his walk across the state.

As the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported:

“Sestak’s website states he is walking ‘across Pennsylvania’ but he is being driven between campaign events.”
Congressman Sestak’s campaign has already been plagued by missteps and a horrible announcement, but apparently that wasn’t enough for the Congressman.

While it may seem just plain odd that Congressman Sestak would launch his campaign with a deceptive stunt that would be so easy to expose, it’s par for the course when it comes to Joe Sestak’s version of ‘the truth’.
NRSC | March 31, 2015 |

As Reid makes his exit, Senate Democrat Whip Dick Durbin should watch his back. Democrat leader-in-waiting Chuck Schumer is actively working to replace him.

Politico Reports:

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, who witnessed his rival Chuck Schumer move aggressively to secure the post of Democratic leader, may now have to fight to keep his own job.

Washington Sen. Patty Murray is refusing to rule out a run to be the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, a position Durbin wants to keep in the next Congress. Yet several Democratic sources say she is getting encouragement from senators to take on a larger role in the leadership. And the Democratic leader-in-waiting, Schumer, is open to seeing Murray elevated to whip from her current role as the caucus secretary, the No. 4 job, several sources said.
But that's not the only hardship Senate Democrats will see with this new leader. After Schumer told the White House that Congress should have an official say over any nuclear deal with Iran, Politico reports that all eyes are on Democrat leader-in-waiting to see what he does next:

During a tense phone call with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough in early March, Sen. Chuck Schumer delivered a blunt message: He would join a growing chorus of senators defying the wishes of President Barack Obama by demanding that Congress have an official say over any nuclear deal with Iran.

But in a nod to the president, Schumer later made clear that he would give administration officials more time to negotiate a nuclear pact before pushing forward with a congressional review bill.
There's no telling where this shake in leadership will lead. But one thing is for sure: Senate Democrats will never be as unified as they were under Reid.
NRSC | March 31, 2015 |

Nevada was already a toss-up seat for 2016, but with Harry Reid retiring, the race will be more competitive than ever.

Jon Ralston explains the Democratic state of play:

Reid already has anointed ex-Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who wants to run for the U.S. Senate and almost certainly will.
But there are doubts with Masto, Reid's top pick:

Masto is not a dynamic campaigner. She is a careful, close-to-the-vest person who has never been tested in a white-hot crucible like a nationally watched U.S. Senate race.
Not even a day in bloody primary if, Roll Call is reporting that Congresswoman Dina Titus, who has opposed Reid often, may enter the race:

Ms. Titus has a history of bucking Mr. Reid’s requests to pursue her own political aspirations, saying “I’ve had primaries before without [support from] Sen. Reid.”
It doesn't look good for the "Reid-machine," as the Las-Vegas Review Jounral reports:

...last year the Reid machine stalled as the Democratic leader devoted most of his attention to maintaining control of the U.S. Senate, which he failed to do in the end.

In Nevada, the election was a Democratic disaster. Republicans took control of state government, from all of the constitutional offices to both houses of the Nevada Legislature, and they gained a congressional seat.

The dismal 2014 showing and Reid’s Friday announcement raise questions about whether the “Reid machine” will survive the man who built it — and whether Democrats will be able to hold Reid’s seat in a presidential election year when both political parties will go all-out to register new voters, outspend one another and win the White House.
Ultimately, it seems like Democrats will falter without Reid on the ticket, making Nevada one of the top pickup opportunities for Republicans in 2016.
NRSC | March 30, 2015 |

Yep, you heard that right: Senator Harry Reid is retiring.

NBC has the full story:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid won't run for re-election in 2016, ending a lengthy congressional career that culminated in ten years of leadership of the Democratic Party in the Senate.

Reid announced the decision in a Youtube video, saying "We've got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than about ourselves. And as a result of that I'm not going to run for re-election."

First elected to the House in 1982 and to the Senate in 1986, Reid became Senate Democrats' top leader in 2005. He became known for his soft-spoken but tough tactical style and his fierce opposition to Republican attempts to dismantle President Barack Obama's policies.
"On the verge of losing his own election and after losing the majority, Senator Harry Reid has decided to hang up his rusty spurs," said Ward Baker.

His retirement signals that there is no hope for the Democrats to regain control of the Senate.
NRSC | March 27, 2015 |
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