There is no official starting gun in an election cycle. Some believe that it’s the day after the last election, while others tend to look at January 1. At least symbolically, though, a new election cycle for the U.S. Senate might just begin with the first announcement by an incumbent that he/she won’t seek re-election.
Senate: Recent Updates
As any truly seasoned political strategist knows, political parties have good election cycles and bad election cycles. A party can have a favorable political environment, a good electoral map, and few vulnerable seats that enables them to pick up seats and perhaps even the majority one year only to face exactly the opposite set of circumstances two years later. This reversal of fortune will...
There are a lot of 2014 Senate campaigns that deserve praise, including Republican Cory Gardner’s defeat of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 15-point victory over Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky. There is one race, though, that should be singled out for a number of reasons, and that is GOP Sen. Pat Roberts’ campaign in Kansas...
A rundown of recent public opinion polling ahead of the December 6, 2014 Louisiana Senate runoff election between Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy.
In the weeks leading up to November 4, we were often asked what the inevitable runoff in the Louisiana Senate race would look like. Our answer was that regardless of what happened nationally on Election Day, the December 6 runoff between Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and GOP U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy would be a whole new race. Whatever had transpired in the months leading up to November 4...
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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 03:36 PM, Jan 22
The Cook Political Report's latest ratings for all competitive and potentially competitive Senate seats.Updated 10:23 AM, Jan 9
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 08:00 AM, Sep 12
A summary of key financial information filed by Senate candidates with the Federal Election Commission.Updated 10:43 AM, Dec 1
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.