Dem Heitkamp Enters North Dakota U.S. Senate Race

While the latest installment of the Herman Cain sexual harassment saga maybe sucking all of the oxygen out of the room, control of the U.S. Senate in 2012 is still at issue. If the Republican Party can net four seats next year, they will win the upper chamber of Congress. Today, the GOP received some bad news because the open seat race in North Dakota just got more competitive. CNN’s Gabriella Schwartz has more:

Democrats in North Dakota welcomed Heidi Heitkamp to the state’s open U.S. Senate race following her official announcement Tuesday.

Republican freshman Rep. Rick Berg is the current favorite in the 2012 race. Influential Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad announced earlier this year he will not seek a fifth term in the Republican-leaning state.

Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, Stu Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, have the race listed as “Republican favored” and “Likely Republican,” respectively.

Democrats currently have a 53-47 majority in the Senate. They are defending 23 seats – 21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party – next year. Republicans are defending 10 seats.

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