Senate's Long Losing Streak on Presidency Could Be Near an End

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After more than 50 failures and almost 50 years, the United States Senate is finally poised to again produce a president.

With the Democratic race for the nomination reduced to a two-senator battle between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, and Senator John McCain tightening his grip on the Republican nod, it is becoming more likely that a member of the current Senate will do something no other senator has done since 1961: move straight from Congress to the White House.

Of course, it is taking the prospect of the first-ever White House race between two sitting senators to guarantee that outcome. Given the Senate’s record as a political ball-and-chain for presidential contenders of both parties, perhaps the only route from the Senate to the executive mansion is over another senator.

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