Dec 30, 2010

Republicans name top 2012 Senate targets

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has its eye on five key races it hopes will pave the way for the GOP to take the majority in the upper chamber in 2012.

The committee believes there is "fertile ground" for Republican gains in Montana, Virginia, Nebraska, Florida and North Dakota.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson is in "serious trouble and kind of in a league of his own," and that Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) also "is in a lot of trouble."

The report also says Republicans appear eager to challenge Democrat Sen. Jim Webb in Virginia.