Democrats are licking their wounds following the midterm election, which resulted in the party losing control of the U.S. Senate.
The Republicans picked up at least seven seats to ensure they will be in charge when the Senate convenes next year. The GOP also expanded its majority in the House of Representatives.
It is common for the opposition party to make significant gains in a midterm election during a president's sixth year in office. The historical phenomenon is known as the "six-year itch," Politico noted.
Making matters worse for the Democratic Party this year was the map of places where key Senate races took place. President Obama described it as "the worst possible group of states for Democrats since Dwight Eisenhower."
Still, party leaders' post-election analysis is focusing on the mistakes of strategists and candidates.
"State by state, the Democrats couldn't get it together," Politico reported, citing problems the party's unsuccessful candidates experienced in South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky and Georgia.
The Democrats can only console themselves in the realization that their election losses could have been even greater. Much of the success the party's candidates did have was a result of "investments in field operations, bringing digital and research operations in-house, (and) hiring key Obama campaign hands," according to Politico.
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