There are a total of 34 U.S. Senate seats up for election – 24 Republican and 10 Democrat – and Democrats are ready to fight to take back the majority.
It is still early, but here are 5 states we are starting to see some excitement from:
Republican Senator Mark Kirk won the Illinois Senate seat in 2010; however, it was a very close race, winning 48% to 46% to Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.
Democrats are looking to take back the seat, especially with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth entering her name into the race. As an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, she may have that edge Democrats need to win the seat. There are other Democratic candidates who may throw their hat into the race, like Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook Country Sheriff Tom Dart.
It’s official, Harry Reid is retiring in 2016:
Nevada is getting redder and redder and with a key Democrat leaving the state, there is possibility of a Republican swooping in and taking the seat.
Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, former Nevada Attorney General and Republican Bob Beers, Las Vegas City Councilman, have entered the race, but there are other contenders that may enter the race, making this an important race to watch.
Senator Marco Rubio said if he runs for president, he would not run in the 2016 senate race. Well, he’s running for President, so his seat will be wide-open for Democrats and Republicans.
Since Florida is an important swing state, the Senate election is crucial to the 2016 Presidential Election as well. Both Democrats and Republicans will need to find strong candidates in order to win this seat.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson has a tough race coming up for him. In 2010, he beat Democratic Senator Russ Feingold in one of the biggest surprises of the 2010 Tea Party wave.
Former Senator Feingold is looking to rematch Johnson in 2016, and Johnson should actually be worried. In a recent poll from Marquette University, it shows Feingold 16 points ahead of Johnson, and Feingold hasn’t officially announced yet. Representative Gwen Moore said no Democrats would go against him in the primary.
Democrats do have something going against them: the Koch brothers. Senator Ron Johnson is one of their favorites and, in the last election, Johnson spent $9 million of his own money.
Freshman Republican Senator Pat Toomey has not said if he will be seeking reelection, but we’re pretty sure he will. Against him will be former U.S. Representative and nominee for 2010 U.S. Senate race, Joe Sestak, as well as Ed Pawlowski, Mayor of Allentown.
In 2010, Sestak ran against Arlen Specter in the primary, despite opposition of President Barack Obama and other Democrats. However, Toomey is vulnerable this election cycle and has been moving his policies toward the center.