Monday, December 18, 2006

2008 Senate Contests

I haven't really started looking at them yet but, since so many of you have e-mailed asking, here's the U.S. Senate seats that will be contested in 2008:

  • Max Baucus (D-MT)
  • Joseph Biden (D-DE)
  • Richard Durbin (D-IL)
  • Tom Harkin (D-IA)
  • Tim Johnson (D-SD)
  • John Kerry (D-MA)
  • Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
  • Carl Levin (D-MI)
  • Mark Pryor (D-AR)
  • Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • John Rockefeller (D-WV)
  • Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Wayne Allard (R-CO)
  • Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
  • Thad Cochran (R-MS)
  • Norm Coleman (R-MN)
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Larry Craig (R-ID)
  • Elizabeth Dole (R-NC)
  • Pete Domenici (R-NM)
  • Michael Enzi (R-WY)
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
  • James Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS)
  • Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
  • Gordon Smith (R-OR)
  • Ted Stevens (R-AK)
  • John Sununu (R-NH)
  • John Warner (R-VA)
Yes, you read that correctly -- that's 21 Republican seats up for grabs compared to only 12 Democratic spots. Hagel, Biden and Kerry are all very likely going to run for president, so we'll see what effect that has on their Senate seats but, overall, it may be a very good chance for Democrats to strengthen the tenuous, 51-49 hold they now have on the Senate.

Will Harold Ford Jr. return to take on Alexander in Tennessee? Will John Warner retire and, if so, will George "Macaca" Allen attempt a comeback? And is Mary Landrieu in trouble in Louisiana because of Hurricane Katrina relocating so many Democratic voters out of the state for good?

I guess we'll see...