WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats will turn to Sen. Patty Murray of Washington to steer the defense of 21 Democratic seats up for re-election in 2012.
Murray had the job in 2002 when Democrats lost two seats and control of the Senate. Republicans only have 10 seats up for re-election in 2012.
“This is no doubt a tough task this time around because of the sheer number of senators that are up, but that also makes it an extremely important job right now,” Murray said Tuesday after her selection.
Murray was first elected in 1992. She won her latest election against Republican Dino Rossi 52 percent to 48 percent.
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“Patty Murray ran a smart, aggressive campaign – a model for what all of our incumbents need to do in 2012,” said the outgoing campaign committee chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, DN.J.