Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks during a campaign stop at the University of New Hampshire, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in Durham, N.H.AP Photo/Jim Cole

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Q: Should Sen. Rand Paul refocus his efforts on maintaining his Senate seat?

DEMOCRATS (76 VOTES)

Yes: 71%

No: 29%

Yes

“Bird in the hand. ... Although he might want to refocus on ophthalmology.”

“He had early momentum that has been lost, and it’s hard to see how he gets it back. He’d be much better served dropping out and holding on to his seat.”

“But we hope he doesn’t.”

“If Dems have a good candidate, [Paul’s] seat is winnable for them.”

“He better, because he is going nowhere in the presidential race, and he could induce a real opponent to jump in.”

“Based on his campaign live-streams, Rand not only needs to lower his sights; he also needs a hug.”

No

“Would be awesome if he lost both elections.”

“Only because I think Dems could win that seat if he continues to ignore it.”

“Not yet, still could catch lightning.”

“In that field, anything still seems possible—but he should refocus on media training to make himself less stiff and more likable.”

Q: Should Sen. Rand Paul refocus his efforts on maintaining his Senate seat?

REPUBLICANS (87 VOTES)

Yes: 91%

No: 9%

Yes

“Definitely. His time has not come and never will if he does not retain his Senate seat.”

“No one is buying what he’s selling.”

“He shouldn’t have reelection problems if he exits the presidential race with dignity.”

“The Senate needs small-government conservatives who will stand up to the party elites.”

“No chance for presidential nomination.”

“If he doesn’t, then his legacy will be the man who gave the keys to the Senate over to Chuck Schumer.”

“He’s only holding 20 percent of his father’s supporters, if that. The presidential thing didn’t work out and he’s not even contributing a different perspective on the race. No point in going forward.”

“Unless he has the Rubio disease and just hates the Senate, he needs to face facts. He is young enough that he can try this again another time. Out of office he will simply fade out of sight.”

“Or maybe V.P.”

“The Senate is a fine place and worth fighting for.”

No

“Rand Paul doesn’t deserve to be [in] the Senate any more than he does the White House. I’d rather it go to a Democrat than have him in office.”

“Republicans will be better off if he loses that, too.”

“He still has some debates remaining—although his performance has been uninspiring.”

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