It never ceases to amaze us how quickly an incumbent’s electoral fortunes can change. This cycle’s example might be first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. For months, it appeared that Udall would face a challenger who was either damaged by a past campaign or one who was relatively unknown. Outside groups have not expressed any interest in the race. Even Udall himself has been running at a...
Senate: Recent Updates
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza created something of a stir recently with his column headlined, “2014 Senate races may be a referendum on Obama; if so, Democrats should worry.”Cillizza (a former Cook Political Report staffer) linked to the Gallup Organization’s just-released aggregation of all of its 2013 polling data, with President Obama’s job-approval and disapproval numbers broken down...
As expected, Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed Lt. Gov. John Walsh to fill the remainder of Democratic Sen. Max Baucus' term. The Senate approved Baucus' appointment as Ambassador to China yesterday.Last year, Baucus announced his intention to retire at the end of this Congress, and Walsh was already running for the open seat. His appointment now affords him all...
Since the start of the cycle, we have consistently pointed out that Senate Democrats’ greatest challenge in holding on to their majority is that they have to run on a largely hostile playing field. In other words, Democrats must defend Senate seats in states that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried. These charts by Gallup provide further evidence of this challenge. The...
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A listing of candidates and race ratings in all current Senate races. Updated weekly and printable for on-the-run reference.Updated 12:05 PM, Mar 6
The Cook Political Report's latest ratings for all competitive and potentially competitive Senate seats.Updated 11:04 AM, Feb 27
General Election Polls
A selection of public opinion polling in Senate general election contests across the nation.
Primary Trial Heats
A selection of public opinion polling in Senate primary election contests across the nation.Updated 11:08 AM, Mar 6
A summary of key financial information filed by Senate candidates with the Federal Election Commission.Updated 04:04 PM, Feb 13
2014 Battleground Chart
2014 Senate Races: Romney Performance vs. Obama PerformanceNovember 12, 2012
2012 Senate General Election Polls with Final Results
A collection of polling data from the 2012 cycle, with final general election results included.
Two-Term Presidents: Post-WWII Partisan Trends
Opposing party gains under and following second term presidents.
The Cook Political Report Senate Scatterplot for Republican and Democratic held states by win percentage and PVI.
Senate: 2014 55% and Under Charts
The chart below displays Senators up for reelection in 2014 who won with less than 55% of the vote in 2008.