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Did Joe Biden Just Do Republicans a Big Favor?

"I think... we have a chance of... picking up an Independent who will be with us..."

Vice President Joe Biden, speaks at the DNC Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Vice President Joe Biden let slip Tuesday that Indepdent candidate for Senate Greg Orman would likely caucus with Democrats if he were to defeat Sen. Pat Roberts (R) in Kansas later today.

Orman has so far hinted he could take the side of Republicans or Democrats, depending on who holds power. But Biden's slip indicates what many Republicans in Kansas suspect: that he'd effectively become a Democrat if he were to win.

Image via YouTube Vice President Joe Biden said he believes an Independent Senate candidate in Kansas would vote with Democrats if he were to win. Image via YouTube

"I think... we have a chance of... picking up an Independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas," Biden told WPLR radio.

Orman would seem to be a longshot, and is seen as one by the Washington Post.

Biden also seemed to have a shaky grip on how far Republicans are behind in this year's Senate races. The broad expectation seems to be that the midterm elections will end with a 53-47 GOP majority in the Senate.

Biden repeated his claim that Democrats will keep the Senate, and when asked what states Democrats would win to get there, he listed North Carolina and New Hampshire, which Democrats are already expected to win.

Aside from Orman's win in Kansas, Biden said Democrats would win in Alaska and Georgia. If those three races end that way, the Senate would be 50-50. Biden said he expects Democrats to end up with 52 seats, but didn't say where the other two would come from.

H/T: The Weekly Standard

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