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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 McCaskillPath to 60 narrows for Trump pick Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support Overnight Defense: General warns State Department cuts would hurt military | Bergdahl lawyers appeal Trump motion | Senators demand action after nude photo scandal MORE (D-Mo.). Akin famously said women's bodies can stop from becoming impregnated when they are subjected to "legitimate rape."