By DONNA CASSATA
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are counting on some Southern comfort to lift them into the Senate majority next year.
Control of the Senate rests on a handful of races in the South. Whether moderate Democratic incumbents can survive in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina will go a long way to determining party control.
So will the fate of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who faces both a primary challenge and a Democratic rival.
Democrats currently hold a 54-46 edge, though Newark Mayor Cory Booker is expected to win the New Jersey Democratic primary next Tuesday and capture the seat in an October special election. That would give Democrats a 10-seat margin. Republicans would need to gain six seats to run the Senate.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.