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Senate Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, September 23, 2016

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ success in popularizing a progressive agenda during the Democratic presidential primary has given the progressive movement some momentum. Progressives in the Senate seem especially emboldened, which begs the question of how substantial and influential will this bloc be if Democrats win the majority in November?

Senate Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, September 9, 2016

The 2016 election is now a mere 59 days away, and while the presidential contest continues to be the headline act, the 34 Senate races on the ballot in November are now sharing the stage.

Senate Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, September 1, 2016

ARIZONA: Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain cleared the first hurdle in his bid for a sixth term when he won his party’s nomination in the August 30 primary, beating physician and Tea Party conservative Kelli Ward, 52 percent to 39 percent. McCain is no stranger to challenges from the right. In 2010, he survived a challenge from former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth with 56 percent of the vote. The...

FEC Reports|August 5, 2016

Senate FEC reports for the second quarter of 2016 are now available. Intern Emily Kaye and Web Editor Ally Flinn has compiled the chart below that provides both quarterly and cycle-to-date receipts and expenditures, as well as the cash-on-hand totals for incumbents and challengers.

Senate Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, August 5, 2016

IDAHO: Republican Sen. Mike Crapo has little to fear from Democratic nominee Jerry Sturgill as he seeks a fourth term. The incumbent was elected to the Senate in 1998 with 70 percent of the vote, and was unopposed in 2004. Crapo won a third term in 2010 with 71 percent. Sturgill, an attorney and businessman, is a newcomer to politics. As of June 30, he had just under $500,000 in the bank,...

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Seats Up in 2016 Toss Up Lean D Likely D Solid D Seats Up in 2018 Seats Up in 2020
Democrats (45) 10 1 2 1 8 24 11
Republicans (54) 24 5 3 3 11 8 22
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  • At-A-Glance
    A listing of candidates and race ratings in all current Senate races. Updated weekly and printable for on-the-run reference.
    Updated 09:12 PM, Sep 15
  • Race Ratings
    The Cook Political Report's latest ratings for all competitive and potentially competitive Senate seats.
    Updated 05:57 AM, Sep 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
  • FEC Report
    A summary of key financial information filed by Senate candidates with the Federal Election Commission.
    Updated 05:52 AM, May 13
  • 2014 Battleground Chart
    2014 Senate Races: Romney Performance vs. Obama Performance
    November 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.
  • Senate Scatterplot
    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.

Jennifer Duffy, Senior Editor

Jennifer Duffy is Senior Editor for The Cook Political Report, where she is responsible for U.S. Senate and Governors races.
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