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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

Articles by Sahil

The race for Senate control is very close and there's a significant chance that Americans won't know on election night which party controls the Senate.

It may even remain an open question until after the next Congress convenes on Jan. 3, 2015.

That uncertainty could spark chaos in the lame-duck session and hit pause on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) plans to redecorate the majority leader's ornate suite.

Forecasters roundly give Republicans an edge to win the net six seats they need to claim the Senate majority. The New York Times sees a one-third chance that the race will end in a 50-50 tie or be decided by a one-seat margin.

Here are four plausible scenarios that could push the Senate fight into overtime.

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Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) said Tuesday in a U.S. Senate debate that when he thinks of the "middle class" in Arkansas, he thinks of people who could make up to $200,000.

"Well, you know, under the law there's a lot of different definitions of middle class. But when I think of the middle class, I think of most of Arkansas. Maybe that goes up to $150,000, $200,000. I mean, there's different ways to judge it," he said.

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