ABC New's Amy Walters reports:
Way back in late 2008 and 2009 – back when Barack Obama was riding high in the polls and there was talk of an “endangered” Republican party, there was a similar rush to the exits by Republican Senators.
In fact, by this point in 2009, four Republican senators had already announced their retirements: George Voinovich (OH), Kit Bond (MO), Mel Martinez (FL) and Sam Brownback (KS).
Beltway prognosticators (me included) expected Democrats to be competitive in all but Kansas. And given that Obama had carried Ohio and Florida and just barely lost Missouri, the thinking was that Democrats would pick up at least one if not two of these seats in 2012.
In the end, of course, Republicans not only held all four seats, but they didn’t lose any of their open seats. They did, however, pick up two seats where there were unexpected Democratic retirements – Indiana and North Dakota.