Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran announced this morning that he plans to seek a seventh term next year. Of the 14 GOP incumbents up for re-election in 2014, Cochran is the last to announce his re-election plans. Cochran probably doesn’t have much to fear in a general election. His much more significant challenge will be in the primary where he will face Chris McDaniel, a 41...
Senate: Recent Updates
The vast majority of conversations about politics these days occur on either a Democrat-versus-Republican axis or a conservative-versus-liberal axis, to the point where things get awfully dull and predictable. That’s why it can be fun to look at stories that are about something else entirely.Related StoriesOne of the more interesting of the “something else” political conversations going on...
Rhode Island will host its share of interesting political contests in 2014, but the Senate race in which Democratic incumbent Jack Reed is seeking a fourth term won’t be one of them.Reed, 64, served six years in the state Senate before winning an open seat to represent the state’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House in 1990. In 1996, Democratic Sen. Claiborne Pell announced that...
After watching the 2010 and 2012 cycles play out, we have been expecting Republican Senate incumbents who are up in 2014 to get primary challenges to their right from Tea Party candidates. These days, just about any GOP incumbent is vulnerable to such a primary. But, of the 12 Republican Senators seeking re-election next year, Sen. Thad Cochran was pretty low on our watch list.It’s...
This is not going to be one of those columns that we read almost every other year proclaiming the next election to be the most important one since the Greeks developed the idea of democracy 2,500 or so years ago. It does, however, make the case that this election is a pretty important one in terms of determining the Senate’s partisan balance of power for the better part of the next decade.Any...
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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 02:56 PM, Dec 6
The Cook Political Report's latest ratings for all competitive and potentially competitive Senate seats.Updated 02:56 PM, Dec 6
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 11:58 AM, Dec 5
A summary of key financial information filed by Senate candidates with the Federal Election Commission.Updated 01:46 PM, Nov 7
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.
Charlie Cook's Column
Uphill BattlesDecember 6, 2013
The 2014 elections are now 11 months away, but the political scene has already undergone dramatic changes just in the past three months. Republicans went into a political free fall after the government shutdown, and shortly thereafter Democrats plunged into boiling water thanks to the botched launch of and early public reaction to the Affordable Care Act. This column has cautioned against...Read more »
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The Rhodes Cook Letter
This latest issue of "The Rhodes Cook Letter" takes a look at voter turnout, which has been high of late in presidential elections - at least high by U.S. standards. There is also a look at the unfolding special elections, with a particular emphasis on...Download »