Senate News & Analysis

Republicans Risk Not Fielding Any Candidate in Massachusetts

Nathan L. Gonzales February 5, 2013 · 3:28 PM EDT

Republican chances of winning their second Senate special election in Massachusetts took the most significant hit late last week when former Sen. Scott Brown (R) decided not to run. And with other potential candidates passing daily and time running out before the filing deadline, there is a chance that…

Latham Renaming Committee Ahead of Potential Senate Run

Nathan L. Gonzales February 4, 2013 · 5:41 PM EDT

Republican Rep. Tom Latham is changing the name of his campaign committee from “Latham for Congress” to “Iowans for Latham” ahead of a potential run for the U.S. Senate. The change could be filed with the Federal Election Committee as soon as this evening, according to a source familiar…

Massachusetts Senate: Brown Drops Along With GOP Chances

February 1, 2013 · 3:16 PM EDT

Former Sen. Scott Brown’s decision to forego the Massachusetts Senate special election dramatically changes the outlook of the race.

The popular Brown was the GOP’s only real hope to steal back a seat they lost in November, but the moderate Republican had been wavering in recent days, according…

Have Republicans Turned the Corner on Strategy?

Stuart Rothenberg January 30, 2013 · 10:59 AM EDT

After spending a little more than a year ramming their heads into a brick wall, congressional Republicans and their allies have taken their first positive step: They have stopped doing it.

The GOP’s decision not to fight on raising the debt ceiling next month gives the party the…

Harkin’s Retirement Puts Seat In Play for GOP

Jessica Taylor January 26, 2013 · 2:21 PM EDT

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D) retirement announcement Saturday gives Republicans another pickup opportunity and Democrats another possible headache -- but also presents the GOP with another test in finding an electable candidate in the swing state that’s been trending blue.

While many had wondered whether the 73 year-old…

Chambliss’ Exit Shakes Up Georgia Senate Race

Jessica Taylor January 25, 2013 · 2:38 PM EDT

Georgia will be on a lot of Republican, and maybe even Democratic, minds all of a sudden, following GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss’s surprise Friday announcement that he wouldn’t seek a third term.

The state’s senior senator had often stoked conservative ire with his willingness to work across the…

The Fight for the Senate: GOP Opportunities Abound

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Stuart Rothenberg January 25, 2013 · 2:00 PM EDT

The sheer number of the Senate seats scheduled to be up in 2014 gives Republicans reason for optimism: 20 Democratic seats and only 13 Republican seats. Add to those numbers two special elections next year -- a Democratic seat in Hawaii and a Republican seat in South Carolina.

2014 Senate Overview (January 25, 2013) Alabama - Kansas

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January 25, 2013 · 1:59 PM EDT

ALABAMA -- Jeff Sessions (R), elected 1996 (52%), 2002 (59%) and 2008 (63%).
The last Democratic Senate nominee to win over 40 percent of the vote in Alabama was Roger Bedford in 1996 (45.5 percent). Sessions’ December 31 FEC report showed him with just over $2.8 million in…

2014 Senate Overview (January 25, 2013) Kentucky - New Mexico

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January 25, 2013 · 1:58 PM EDT

KENTUCKY -- Mitch McConnell (R), elected 1984 (50%), 1990 (52%), 1996 (55%), 2002 (65%), 2008 (53%).
McConnell, who is about to turn 71 years old, is already preparing for re-election. His relationship with colleague Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has improved, which may minimize the chances of a serious primary…

2014 Senate Overview (January 25, 2013) North Carolina - Wyoming

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January 25, 2013 · 1:57 PM EDT

NORTH CAROLINA -- Kay Hagan (D), elected 2008 (53%).
Given the GOP’s recent victories in the state, Hagan is almost guaranteed a serious challenge. Mitt Romney carried the state last year, and Republican Pat McCrory won the governorship in November. In addition, the GOP now controls both houses…