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Dole: Star power not enough

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- Some Republicans say U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., is faltering in her latest job as head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The committee raises money, recruits candidates, plots strategy and shapes the party's message, said The New York Times Saturday.

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Dole has been lapped in fundraising by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the newspaper said. The latest filing, on Thursday, showed Democrats with $37.7 million, compared to $19.9 million for Republicans.

She failed to find strong candidates to run against vulnerable Senate Democrats in at least four states, a shortcoming that could also be partly attributed to the White House, which has often played a crucial role in candidate recruitment, the Times said.

For Democrats to take control of the Senate, they will have to win six seats, a tough task with only seven or eight in play. If the Republicans still have a majority after the election, the Times said much of the criticism of Dole is likely to be forgotten.

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