Democrats’ quest to hang on to U.S. Senate majority centers on Arizona, Montana and Ohio

Democratic U.S. Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, left, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, right, are seen as the chamber’s most vulnerable incumbent Democrats in 2024. In this photo, Brown, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee chairman, talks with committee member Tester during a hearing about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Capitol Hill on Dec. 15, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Political consultants and Beltway pollsters are setting up camp in purple states to join a towering battle for control of a narrowly split U.S. Senate, but come November, only the voters will make that choice.

The road to the majority in the upper chamber of Congress mostly runs through Arizona, Montana and Ohio, where candidates have already spent months pitching their accomplishments and plans. And while it’s still early, the presence of former President Donald Trump at the top of the ballot and Democrats’ stress on abortion rights both look likely to remain consequential through the summer and fall, political experts predict.

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