The strategy of playing to this sentiment, closely linked to the tea party grassroots conservative movement, also comes with a risk. While wooing conservative true believers could help Republican candidates in the early primary and caucus states such as Iowa and South Carolina, it's less likely to mean victory in New Hampshire, which traditionally holds the nation's first primary. Here such talk could very well alienate the independent voters who are crucial to victory in this New England state.
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33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
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* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.