01/09/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Senate Republicans May Have Upper Hand Despite Minority Status

On paper, the numbers tell you the Democrats held on to a majority in the Senate last week.

In reality, things won't be quite that neat. In fact, on some issues the Republicans actually may have a functional majority, given the sentiments likely to prevail among certain Democrats who face the voters in two years.

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