GOP faces Senate recruitment woes in key states


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans are struggling to recruit strong Senate candidates in states that present the party's best opportunities to reclaim the majority.

It's admittedly early, with more than 18 months before the November 2014 elections.

But candidate recruitment efforts are well underway.

And, so far, Republicans haven't been able to field top-tier contenders in Iowa and Michigan, swing-voting states where the GOP hopes to make a play for seats left open by the retirement of veteran Democratic senators.

The GOP also is facing the prospect of contentious and expensive primary races, with a slew of candidates running in Georgia and West Virginia, two GOP-leaning states where sitting senators — one Republican, one Democrat — are retiring.

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