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Republicans want to hold on to control of the Senate. Donald Trump keeps complicating that

July 2, 2016

The battle for control of the Senate just hit a rough patch for Republicans in Colorado.

The story has become a familiar one: An anti-establishment candidate rode a conservative wave to emerge over party-preferred favorites as the GOP nominee for a Senate seat.

Newcomer Darryl Glenn, an Air Force veteran and collegiate bodybuilding record-holder, enjoyed a hefty primary assist from Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and other renegade Republicans, including the Senate Conservatives Fund. He is also a supporter of Donald Trump.

Trump’s potential drain on down-ballot races has increasingly worried Republican leaders, who made little public comment about the outcome.

Colorado was once seen as the GOP’s best chance to play offense in their quest to keep the Senate majority. No more. The non-partisan Cook Political Report shifted its analysis of the race to favor Democrats, as Sen. Michael Bennet seeks a second term.

Republicans have two dozen GOP-held seats at stake as they try to keep the majority this fall, a particularly tough haul in swing states such as Illinois, Pennsylvania and Florida where Trump is unpopular.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scored a victory in convincing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to run for re-election rather than retire, as planned, after Rubio’s failed White House run.

Rubio faces his own Trump-aligned primary candidate, wealthy businessman Carlos Beruff, who is self-funding his campaign, though the incumbent is favored to win the primary.

Many big-name donors, including the influential Koch network , are spending their money on Senate and other down-ballot races in hopes of preserving the GOP majority in Congress, which is now no sure bet.

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