Internal wrangling marks Dems' Senate campaigns

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ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans aren't the only ones roiled by internal jostling and recruiting hiccups ahead of next year's midterm elections.

Two top-tier Democratic prospects recently bypassed running for Senate seats in Georgia and South Dakota. Their decisions highlighted the party's challenge of finding candidates whose ideologies line up with voters in Republican-leaning states.

Democrats say they'll be fine even though John Barrow in Georgia and Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin in South Dakota declined to seek seats left open by retirements. Both are moderate-to-conservative Democrats whose views would seemingly play well in their states, giving the party a chance to win on GOP turf as Democrats look to hang onto power in the Senate.

But without them running, Democrats probably will be forced to back more liberal, less-tested nominees who will likely have tougher races.

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