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Dems' '08 Senate Prospects Brighten

Political Wire's Taegan Goodard notes an encouraging Washington Times interview with Nevada GOP Senator John Ensign regarding Dems '08 Senate prospects. As Goddard sums it up,

In a "wide-ranging" interview, Ensign "acknowledged that his party faces a steep, uphill climb in next year's Senate elections when 21 Republican seats will be up for grabs, compared with 12 for the Democrats."

Ensign "singled out five Republican seats that are in danger in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon and New Hampshire, compared with two vulnerable Democratic incumbents in South Dakota and Louisiana and long-shot possibilities in Iowa and Montana."

Meanwhile, the New York Times notes the challenge the Iraq war presents to Republican senators seeking re-election in 2008, including Sen. John Sununu (R-NH), Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN).

MyDD's Jonathan Singer has more to say about Dems' Senate propects here.

Also check out DavidNYC's post at Swing State, noting that fired federal prosecutors tend to be residents of 2004 swing states.