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United States Senate elections, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

Election Date
November 4, 2014

U.S. Senate Elections by State
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Elections Information
Election DatesVoting in Primaries
Voting on November 4, 2014
Poll Opening and Closing Times
Elections to the U.S. Senate will be held on November 4, 2014. A total of 33 of the 100 seats will be up for regular election. Additionally, there are currently two special elections to fill vacancies that have occurred in the 113th Congress (Hawaii and South Carolina).

Partisan breakdown

The following table displays the 33 seats that are up for election. In 2012, the Democratic Party retained control over the chamber, winning 25 of the 33 seats. With Republican candidates winning only eight seats, this was the worst performance by a major party since the 1950s.[1]

U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of 2014 Election After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 53 44
     Republican Party 45 54
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100

Campaign finance

According to an April 2013 Politico report, incumbent Democrats in red states raised "millions" in the first three months of 2013.[2] The candidates highlighted in the article were:

  • Democratic Party Mary Landrieu (LA) had raised $1.2 million and had $3.5 million cash on hand
  • Democratic Party Mark Pryor (AK) had raised $1.9 million and had $3.4 million cash on hand
  • Democratic Party Kay Hagan (NC) had raised $1.6 million and had $2.7 million cash on hand
  • Democratic Party Mark Begich (AK) had raised $948,000 and had $1.5 million cash on hand[2]

Race ratings

New York Times

According to an analysis by Nate Silver of The New York Times, Democrats are looking at a tough road ahead of them in the U.S. Senate in 2014. Democrats hold 21 of the 35 seats up for election in 2014, and there are more Democratic controlled seats that lean Republican than Republican seats that lean Democratic.[3]

Additionally, Democrats could suffer from a lower voter turnout of their base due to the fact that 2014 is a midterm election and President Obama will not be on the ballot.[3]

However, Republicans need to take six seats in order to gain control of the Senate, a large gain that will be difficult to accomplish even in a favorable environment. Based on the data below, at this very early stage Republicans are expected to be able to pick up four or five seats.[3]

The table below lists the initial race ratings overview for the 35 senate seats up for election in 2014 as of February 2013.[3]

FiveThirtyEight -- U.S. Senate
Month Solid D Likely D Lean D Tossup Lean R Likely R Solid R
February 20, 2013[4] 6 7 3 4 0 4 11
July 15, 2013[5] 8 4 3 3 0 4 13
March 23, 2014[6] 10 2 3 1 1 4 16

Most vulnerable seats

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[7]

State-by-state breakdown

United States Senate Elections Results in 2014
State Incumbent Incumbent Party Incumbent Ran? 2014 Winner Partisan switch?
Alabama Jeff Sessions Ends.png Republican Yes Jeff Sessions No
Alaska Mark Begich Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Pending Pending
Arkansas Mark Pryor Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Tom Cotton Yes
Colorado Mark Udall Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Cory Gardner Yes
Delaware Chris Coons Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Chris Coons No
Georgia Saxby Chambliss Ends.png Republican No David Perdue No
Idaho Jim Risch Ends.png Republican Yes Jim Risch No
Illinois Richard Durbin Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Richard Durbin No
Iowa Tom Harkin Electiondot.png Democratic No Joni Ernst Yes
Kansas Pat Roberts Ends.png Republican Yes Pat Roberts No
Kentucky Mitch McConnell Ends.png Republican Yes Mitch McConnell No
Louisiana Mary Landrieu Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Pending Pending
Maine Susan Collins Ends.png Republican Yes Susan Collins No
Massachusetts Ed Markey Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Ed Markey No
Michigan Carl Levin Electiondot.png Democratic No Gary Peters No
Minnesota Al Franken Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Al Franken No
Mississippi Thad Cochran Ends.png Republican Yes Thad Cochran No
Montana John Walsh Electiondot.png Democratic No Steve Daines Yes
Nebraska Mike Johanns Ends.png Republican No Ben Sasse No
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Jeanne Shaheen No
New Jersey Cory Booker Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Cory Booker No
New Mexico Tom Udall Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Tom Udall No
North Carolina Kay Hagan Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Thom Tillis Yes
Oklahoma Jim Inhofe Ends.png Republican Yes Jim Inhofe No
Oregon Jeff Merkley Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Jeff Merkley No
Rhode Island Jack Reed Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Jack Reed No
South Carolina Lindsey Graham Ends.png Republican Yes Lindsey Graham No
South Dakota Tim Johnson Electiondot.png Democratic No Mike Rounds Yes
Tennessee Lamar Alexander Ends.png Republican Yes Lamar Alexander No
Texas John Cornyn Ends.png Republican Yes John Cornyn No
Virginia Mark Warner Electiondot.png Democratic Yes Mark Warner No
West Virginia Jay Rockefeller Electiondot.png Democratic No Shelley Moore Capito Yes
Wyoming Mike Enzi Ends.png Republican Yes Mike Enzi No

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