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The Debate Expectations Game: Pundits Sound Off (VIDEO)

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For all the eye-rolling and jabbering about the silliness of the debate expectations game presidential campaigns play every cycle, everyone--everyone--is playing. Pols and pundits alike are weighing in on who can lower their own expectations while painting their opponent as the reincarnation of Daniel Webster.

Will zingers from Romney or Obama lodge in our collective political consciousness for all time? Will we have a "sigh" moment? Nobody knows, but everybody has a theory on what these hypothetical outcomes will mean for the election.

Watch the video above.

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Debate Expectations

 
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33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
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Current Senate 53 47
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New Total 55 45
* 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.
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Seats won 201 234
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