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Sessions explained generally that Republicans are still able to win when they field "good candidates." But he said some candidates in the last election were "lazy, undisciplined, didn't know what they were talking about, and shot their mouth off."

As an example, Sessions noted Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) failure to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillNail manufacturing exec who voted for Trump blames him for layoffs, asks Democrat for help The American economy is stronger than ever six months after tax cuts The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington MORE (D-Mo.). Akin famously said women's bodies can stop from becoming impregnated when they are subjected to "legitimate rape."