Elections for the United States Senate
on November 4, 2008, with 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate
being contested. Thirty-three
seats were regular elections; the winners were eligible to serve
six-year terms from January 3, 2009, to January 3, 2015, as members
. There were also two special
: one in Mississippi
and another in Wyoming
winners serve the remainder of terms that expire on January 3,
2013, as members of Senate Class
, elections for all House of
, and several gubernatorial
, as well as many state and local elections, occurred
on the same date.
the 2008 election, the Senate consisted of 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans, and two
independents (Bernie Sanders of
Vermont and Joe Lieberman of
Connecticut) who caucused with the Democrats.
seats up for election in 2008, 23 were held by Republicans and 12
by Democrats. In the 111th Congress
the Democrats hold 57 seats in the Senate, with the two
independents continuing to caucus with the Democrats for a total of
59. For the second
consecutive election cycle
, no incumbent Democratic senators
lost their seats. Because there were no open Democratic seats, the
election was also the second cycle in a row in which no seats
switched from Democratic to Republican. Democrats defeated
five Republican incumbents: Ted Stevens
of Alaska, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, John Sununu of
Hampshire, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, and Gordon
Smith of Oregon.
also picked up open seats in Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia.
These election results do not reflect Arlen Specter
to Democratic in April 2009 which gave the Democratic Party another
seat in the Senate.
Hill committees’ role
Each major party has Hill committees
that work to support its candidates for the House and Senate,
chiefly by providing funds. On the Senate side, the committees are
Senatorial Campaign Committee
(DSCC) and the National Republican
In this cycle the DSCC was more successful at fundraising. As of
June 30, 2008, data from the Federal Election Commission
showed the NRSC with $24.6 million on hand, as compared with the
DSCC's $43 million. The NRSC chair, Senator John Ensign
, took the unusual step of chastising
the Republican Senators who, like him, are not facing re-election,
and who he thought should have done more to help raise money for
- Write-in candidates are
included with the vote totals.
Winning candidate in bold
Retiring Senator in Gray
Democratic pickup in Blue
||Vivian Davis Figures
Bob Bird (Alaska Independence) 4.2%
David Haase (Libertarian) 0.8%
Ted Gianoutsos (Independent) 0.4%
||Rebekah Kennedy (Green)
||Retired, Democratic victory
Bob Schaffer (Republican) 42.5%
Doug Campbell (Constitution) 2.6%
Bob Kinsey (Green) 2.1%
||General: Advanced to runoff, 49.8%
Runoff: Re-elected, 57.4%
(Democratic) General: 46.8%; Runoff: 42.6%
Allen Buckley (Libertarian) General: 3.4% (eliminated)
||Retired, Republican victory
Larry LaRocco (Democratic) 34.1%
Rex Rammell (Independent) 5.4%
Kent Marmon (Libertarian) 1.5%
"Pro-Life" (Independent) 1.3%
||Steve Sauerberg (Republican)
Kathy Cummings (Green) 2.2%
Larry Stafford (Libertarian) 0.9%
Chad Koppie (Constitution) 0.5%
||Christopher Reed 37.3%
||Jim Slattery (Democratic)
Randall Hodgkinson (Libertarian) 2.1%
Joseph Martin (Reform) 1.3%
||Bruce Lunsford (Democratic)
||John Kennedy (Republican)
Richard Fontanesi (Libertarian) 1.0%
Jay Patel (Independent) 0.7%
Robert Stewart (Independent) 0.5%
||Tom Allen (Democratic) 38.6%
||Jeff Beatty (Republican) 31.0%
Robert Underwood (Libertarian) 3.2%
||Jack Hoogendyk (Republican)
Scott Boman (Libertarian) 1.6%
Harley Mikkelson (Green) 0.9%
Michael Nikitin (Constitution) 0.6%
Doug Dern (Natural Law) 0.4%
||Al Franken (DFL)
Dean Barkley (MIP) 15.15%
Charles Aldrich (Libertarian) 0.48%
James Niemackl (Constitution) 0.31
||Erik Fleming (Democratic)
||Ronnie Musgrove (Democrat)
||Bob Kelleher (Republican)
||Retired, Republican victory
Scott Kleeb (Democratic) 40.1%
Kelly Rosberg (Nebraska) 1.4%
Steve Larrick (Green) 1.0%
||John E. Sununu
Ken Blevens (Libertarian) 3.1%
Jason Scheurer (Libertarian) 0.5%
Carter (Independent) 0.5%
Daryl Mikell Brooks (Independent) 0.5%
Jeffrey Boss (Independent) 0.3%
Sara Lobman (Socialist Workers) 0.3%
||Retired, Democratic victory
Steve Pearce (Republican)
Chris Cole (Libertarian) 3.1%
||Andrew Rice (Democratic) 39.2%
Stephen Wallace (Independent) 4.1%
Dave Brownlow (Constitution) 5.2%
||Robert Tingle (Republican)
||Bob Conley (Democratic) 42.3%
||Joel Dykstra (Republican)
||Bob Tuke (Democratic) 31.6%
Edward Buck (Independent) 1.3%
Christopher Fenner (Independent) 0.5%
Daniel Lewis (Libertarian) 0.4%
Chris Lugo (Green) 0.4%
Ed Lawhorn (Independent) 0.4%
David Gatchell 0.3%(Independent)
||Rick Noriega (Democratic)
Yvonne Adams Schick (Libertarian) 2.3%
||Retired, Democratic victory
Jim Gilmore (Republican) 33.7%
Bill Redpath (Libertarian) 0.6%
Gail Parker (Independent Green) 0.6%
||Jay Wolfe (Republican) 36.3%
||Chris Rothfuss (Democratic) 24.3%
||Nick Carter (Democratic) 26.5%
1. Al Franken was certified the winner by 225 votes by the
Minnesota State canvassing board on Jan. 5, 2009 after an extensive
recount. Norm Coleman's campaign challenged the results and the
Court unanimously ruled in favor of Franken, and Coleman conceded
defeat on June 30, 2009, losing overall by 312 votes.
2. Special election due to the resignation of Trent Lott
.3. Special election due to the death
of Craig Thomas
Results by state
Dispelling rumors that he would retire due to advanced age (he was
84 years old on election day) and ongoing federal investigations
into his conduct, Senator Ted Stevens
filed papers for re-election for an eighth term.
An ex-oil company executive, Bill Allen, paid for part of the
renovation costs on Stevens's personal residence. The FBI
investigated the remodeling of Stevens home by Veco Corp., which is
part of a broader corruption investigation involving Stevens's son,
former State Senate President Ben
. Two former Veco executives have plead guilty to paying
the younger Stevens $242,000 in bribes. On July 30, 2007, the
IRS and FBI raided
Stevens's home in Alaska.
On September 14, 2007, former Veco
CEO Bill Allen testified at the trial of former State House Speaker
that Veco paid people working to
double the size of Stevens's home.
On July 29, 2008, a federal grand jury indicted Stevens on seven
felony counts for making false
, and on October 26, a jury found Stevens guilty on
Democratic candidate was Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, the
son of popular former Democratic Representative Nick Begich.
Begich announced his
candidacy for the Senate seat on April 22, 2008.
On October 19, 2007, the AP reported that despite the allegations
and FBI probe, several veteran GOP Senators—including Orrin Hatch
(R-UT), Kay Bailey Hutchison
(R-MO)—donated enough money to
Stevens's re-election campaign to make it one of Stevens's most
successful fund raising quarters ever.
Sen. Stevens' conviction on seven felony counts of corruption put
his reelection bid in serious jeopardy, coming just over a week
before the election, though Stevens appealed the conviction.
Nevertheless, Stevens was narrowly ahead in the vote count after
election day, with only about two-thirds of all votes counted. It
only became clear Begich had prevailed when early votes, absentee
ballots, and questioned ballots were counted.
On November 18, the race was called for Begich, who won with 47.8%
to Stevens' 46.5%.
On January 15, 2007, incumbent Senator Wayne Allard
(R) announced he would not seek
re-election, honoring his pledge to serve no more than two
Bob Schaffer of Fort
Collins was the Republican nominee.
Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway
was rumored to be considering a run, but declined to do so. Other
possible Republican candidates included former Congressman Scott McInnis
and Colorado Attorney General
Democratic nominee was 2nd district
Congressman Mark Udall of Boulder who announced on January 15, 2007, that he would
seek the seat and did not draw significant primary
candidates included Bob Kinsey of Denver as the
Green Party nominee,
Douglas "Dayhorse" Campbell as the American Constitution Party's
nominee ,, and Independent candidate Buddy Moore, unaffiliated any
On Election Day, Udall defeated Schaffer 52% to 43%.
The 2008 U.S. Senate election in Minnesota featured first-term Republican incumbent Senator
Norm Coleman, Democrat Al Franken, a comedian and radio personality, and
, a member of the Independence Party of
A December 2007 poll showed Coleman's approval rating among
Minnesota voters at 53%. The seat was heavily targeted by the
Senatorial Campaign Committee
because of Minnesota's Democratic
leanings and recent Democratic gains in national and statewide
elections. These factors, coupled with a national political climate
favorable to Democrats, made the Minnesota Senate race one of the
most competitive and closely watched of the cycle.
Franken announced his candidacy on February 14, 2007, more than 20
months before the election. Jack
Nelson-Pallmeyer, a professor at the University
of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota), joined the race in October
Attorney Mike Ciresi
unsuccessful candidate in the 2000 Democratic U.S. Senate primary,
was considered a serious candidate, but withdrew from the race on
March 10, 2008, clearing the path for Franken to secure the party's
Barkley ran under the banner of the Independence Party
largest third party in Minnesota. He was included in most of the
debates and ultimately received 15% of the vote in the general
election, a strong showing for an independent candidate. It is not
clear whether Barkley detracted more votes from Coleman or
Polls over the course of the campaign indicated that the race was
very competitive, with many polls showing Franken and Coleman
virtually tied or within the margin of error, as well as several
polls showing each candidate with a significant lead at one point
or another. The presence of a serious third party candidate further
On November 4, 2008, Coleman received 1,211,590 votes to Franken's
1,211,375 votes, a margin of 215 votes, far less than 0.1% percent,
thereby triggering an automatic recount
Barkley received 437,404 votes, about 15% of total votes
On January 3, 2009, with the recount apparently completed, Franken
had an unofficial lead of 225 votes, but former Senator Coleman's
attorneys contested the official results in the courts. In the
meantime, Minnesota was represented by only one senator, Amy Klobuchar
On April 13, 2009, a three-judge panel ruled that Al Franken
received the most votes in Minnesota's 2008 Senate race and ruled
against Coleman's claims on all counts. Coleman appealed this
decision.. On June 30, 2009, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled
unanimously that Al Franken received the most votes, and Norm
Coleman conceded defeat after the ruling, allowing Al Franken to be
Senator-elect of Minnesota. Franken was sworn in as Minnesota's
junior Senator on July 7.
John Sununu represented the swing
state of New
state traditionally leaned Republican, but John Kerry
from neighboring Massachusetts
narrowly won the state in the 2004 Presidential election. New
Hampshire also saw major Democratic gains in the 2006 elections,
when Democrats took both of the previously Republican-held House
seats, the gubernatorial race with a record vote share of 74%, and
majorities in the State House
, giving them concurrent control
of both bodies for the first time since 1874. However, New
Hampshire had not elected a Democratic United States Senator since
Sununu's 2002 opponent, former Governor Jeanne Shaheen
, decided to run and was
generally considered to be a very formidable challenger. Three
consecutive monthly Rasmussen Reports poll showed Shaheen defeating
Sununu by 49% to 41%. Prior to Shaheen's entry, Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand,
Katrina Swett, wife of former
Democratic congressman Richard Swett,
and former astronaut Jay Buckey
announced that they were running for the Democratic nomination.
After Shaheen's entry, however, all three withdrew and endorsed the
On election day, Shaheen defeated Sununu, 52% to 45%.
Senator Pete Domenici had declared
that he would seek re-election in New Mexico, he changed his mind and announced on October 4,
2007 that he was retiring at the end of his current term due to a
degenerative brain disorder.
Domenici normally would have
been expected to win re-election easily, having won his current
term with the support of two out of three New Mexico voters;
however, he is to be investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee
for his role
in firing U.S. Attorney David
. Domenici's role in the developing scandal had reduced
the probability he would have been re-elected, and a SurveyUSA poll
showed his approval ratings at 41%, with 54% disapproving. The
potential scandal may have also contributed to his decision to
leave the Senate.
, the popular Representative from
New Mexico's 3rd
, was the Democratic nominee. The Republican nominee
was Rep. Steve Pearce
, who represented
the more conservative southern part
When asked whether the Republicans were abandoning their hopes of
holding onto Domenici's seat, Senator John
, the chairman of the National Republican
, responded that "You don’t waste money on
races that don’t need it or you can’t win.”
Udall won the election with 61% of the vote, with Pearce taking
Carolina, there had
been rumors that Senator Elizabeth
Dole would retire from the Senate and run for governor, but she said in 2006
that she intended to run for re-election.
There was early
speculation that North Carolina Governor Mike Easley
might be pressured into running
against her but this did not come to pass. The Democratic nominee
was state Senator Kay Hagan
, who defeated
and Dustin Lassiter in the
Democratic primary. A Rasmussen poll released May 11, 2008 showed
Hagan leading Dole by a statistically insignificant margin, 48% -
47%, suggesting a competitive race. Hagan's poll numbers continued
to best Dole's, however, and Hagan defeated Dole by a wider than
expected margin of 53% to 44%.
Gordon Smith of Oregon ran for a
He defeated ophthalmologist Gordon Leitch in the
May 20 Republican
. Smith faced Democratic Oregon House of
in the November general election. Merkley beat longtime
Democratic activist Steve Novick
three other candidates in a hotly contested
In a July 16, 2008 poll, Merkley overtook Smith for the first time
43% to 41%.
On November 6, 2008, Jeff Merkley was projected the winner of the
contest, with 48.9% to Smith's 45.6%. Gordon Smith formally
conceded soon afterward.
announced on August 31, 2007
that he would not seek re-election for another term. Former
Governor Jim Gilmore
, who dropped out of
, was the Republican nominee for the
seat.Popular Democratic former Governor Mark
(no relation) was the Democratic nominee for the race.
Polling showed him as a strong favorite to win the seat.
When asked whether the Republicans were abandoning their hopes of
holding onto Warner's seat, Senator John
, the chairman of the National Republican
, responded that "You don’t waste money on
races that don’t need it or you can’t win.”
In one of the first senate races called on election day, Warner
won, taking 65% of the vote, with Gilmore winning 34%. Since
Democrat Jim Webb
had defeated incumbent
Republican George Allen
other Senate seat in 2006, Virginia's senate delegation flipped
from entirely Republican to entirely Democratic in just two
Despite being a first-term senator in a state George W. Bush won
twice, Democrat Mark Pryor
opposition from Republicans in his re-election bid. Although Bush
carried the state twice, Arkansas Democrats swept the seven state
races held in the 2006 general election.Pryor is the son of
longtime U.S. Senator and former Arkansas Governor David Pryor
.It was rumored that Lt. Governor
would challenge Pryor in the
primary, but Halter declined to file as a candidate. Rebekah Kennedy
of the Green Party was
Pryor's only opposition.
Pryor won on election day, with 74% of the vote. Kennedy took
On August 23, 2008, the Democratic nominee for President, Barack Obama
, announced that Biden would be
joining him on the ticket as the Vice Presidential nominee.
Delaware law allowed Biden to run for Vice President and Senator at
the same time, so he would have kept the seat if the ticket had
lost. In 2000, the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman
ran similarly. On November 4,
2008, Barack Obama won the presidential election, making Biden the
next VP. Biden vacated his senate seat shortly after the election,
allowing for the Governor of
to appoint a successor. There was speculation as to
whether the outgoing Governor, Ruth Ann
, or the incoming Governor-elect Jack Markell
would make the appointment, and if
Biden's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau
would receive the appointment. On November 24, 2008,
Governor Minner appointed Biden's longtime Chief of Staff Ted Kaufman
to fill the seat. Kaufman
subsequently announced that he would not seek election to a full
term in 2010, effectively making him a caretaker. Biden's
Republican opponent in the Senate race, conservative political
commentator Christine O'Donnell
tried to make an issue of Biden's dual campaigns, claiming that
serving his constituents is not important to him.
Biden was reelected with 65% of the vote, or 257,484 votes.
O'Donnell received 140,584 votes (35% of the vote).
Majority Whip Richard Durbin remained
favored in Illinois.
He sought to be re-elected in a state that
has steadily become more Democratic since 1992. CQpolitics.com
rated the contest as "safe Democrat."
Steve Sauerberg of La
Grange won the February 5 Republican primary.
Cummings, a retired special education teacher was nominated via
convention by the Green Party. Chad Koppie, a retired airline pilot
and vice-chairman of the Illinois Center Right Coalition, was the
nominee of the Constitution Party
Durbin won with 63% of the vote. Sauerberg had 33%.
In a state that has been trending to the Democratic party recently,
Senator Tom Harkin
faced the Republican
nominee, small business owner Christopher Reed
, who he defeated with 63%
of the vote to Reed's 37%.
Incumbent Mary Landrieu
was elected in 1996
following a recount and was narrowly re-elected in 2002
. Since those
elections, Democrats have had to endure the loss of some reliable
voters because Hurricane Katrina
dispersed many African-Americans from New Orleans, although the vast majority still live within
The state has become more Republican over
the past 12 years. Louisiana elected David Vitter in
2004, the state's first Republican senator since
And Louisianans elected Republican Bobby Jindal
as the first Indian-American
Governor in the country's history in 2007. Louisiana's electoral
votes easily went to George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
On August 27, 2007, state Treasurer John Neely Kennedy
announced he was
switching parties from Democrat to Republican. On November 29,
after being personally recruited by Vitter and former Bush
administration official Karl Rove
announced plans to challenge Landrieu in 2008.
In the end, Landrieu was re-elected with 52% of the vote, Kennedy
Incumbent John Kerry
Senate term in Massachusetts
Republican author and conservative activist Jerome Corsi
, known for his public criticism of
Kerry, had stated that he would run for the seat in 2008 but later
changed his mind. Jim Ogonowski
retired Air Force
was closely defeated by now-Representative Niki Tsongas
2007 special election
, was running against Kerry. but failed to
obtain the required candidacy signatures. The Republican
challenger turned out to be Jeff Beatty,
an ex-Army Delta
Force officer who garnered 30% of the vote in a challenge
to Democratic Congressman Bill
Kerry was challenged by defense attorney Edward O'Reilly
for the Democratic nomination, winning 69 percent of the vote to
O'Reilly's 31 percent.
As expected, Kerry won with 66% of the vote to Beatty's 31%.
Libertarian Robert J. Underwood had 3%.
With the Democratic Party takeover of Capitol Hill in the 2006
midterm elections, Senator Carl Levin
become one of the most powerful people in Washington as chairman of
the Senate Armed
. He was expected to easily win
Challenging Levin were Republican State Representative Jack Hoogendyk
, Green candidate Harley G.
Mikkelson, US Taxpayers'
candidate Mike Nikitin
Libertarian professor Scotty Boman
Natural Law's candidate Doug Dern.
As expected, Levin won re-election with 63% of the vote, to
Max Baucus is a popular Democrat in Montana, representing a state that has long been fairly
Republican but also is receptive to Democrats in state and local
President Bush won Montana by more than 20 points
in both 2000 and 2004, but Montana also has a popular Democratic
governor, Brian Schweitzer
, and a
newly elected Democratic junior senator, Jon
. Baucus was not expected to face a significant challenge
from the 85 year old Republican nominee, Bob Kelleher, who
surprised observers by winning the June 3 Republican primary
despite supporting a number of positions that put him to the
political left of Baucus, such as nationalization of the American
oil and gas industry.
Baucus easily won re-election, taking 73% of the vote, with
Kelleher taking 27%.
Senator Frank Lautenberg
re-election in 2008, though he was 84. In the Primary, Lautenberg
soundly defeated Representative Rob
) by a margin of
62% to 32%. In November 2006, the senator had the lowest approval
rating of any Democrat running for re-election in 2008 (with 39%
approving and 45% disapproving), with his approval standing only at
42% as of September 2007 with voters saying he does not deserve
re-election 46%-36%. The Republican nominee was former Congressman
and 1996 senatorial candidate Dick Zimmer
Sara Lobman of the Socialist Workers
and Independent Anthony
were also declared candidates. Furthermore, in the wake
of the financial crisis, Carl Peter Klapper entered the race as a
Lautenberg won re-election, winning 56%-42%.
Island, Democratic Senator Jack
Reed had an approval rating of 66% in November 2006.
declared that "Reed is probably the safest incumbent of the 2008
cycle". Reed's opponent was Robert
, a pit manager at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in
Connecticut, whom Reed defeated in his re-election campaign in
Reed won the election as expected, with 73% of the vote.
Dakota, Senator Tim
Johnson's seat was considered a top GOP target in 2008,
considering Johnson's narrow 524-vote victory in 2002 over
then-Representative and current U.S.
Senator John Thune
, as well as his recent health
problems. Johnson underwent surgery in December 2006 for a Cerebral arteriovenous
and was discharged from the hospital on April 30,
2007. On October 19, 2007, Johnson formally announced that he is
seeking re-election. According to a November 2006 SurveyUSA
poll, Johnson has an approval rating of
70%, with just 26% disapproving of his performance, making him an
early favorite despite the state's Republican leaning.
Republicans were unsuccessful in persuading Governor Mike Rounds
and former Lieutenant Governor
to run. State
Representative Joel Dykstra
his candidacy on July 5, 2007. Other Republicans included Charles
Lyonel Gonyo and Sam Kephart. Dykstra won the Republican primary on
Johnson was re-elected, with 62% to Dykstra's 38%.
Senator Jay Rockefeller
great-grandson of oil tycoon John
D. Rockefeller, sought a fifth term
though West Virginia is a historically Democratic state, in which
the party had a 50-32% edge in party affiliation over the
Republicans in the 2004 elections, the state party is more
conservative than the national party, giving its votes to President
George W. Bush
in that election and in 2000. Democrats
Sheirl Fletcher and Billy Hendricks challenged Rockefeller in the
primary but were defeated. The Republican nominee was Jay Wolfe of
Salem, a former State Senator.
As expected, Rockefeller handily won on election day, being
re-elected with 64% of the vote. Wolfe had 36%.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions
sought re-election to a third term. Johnny Swanson
announced his candidacy in
March 2006 for the Democratic nomination.
Despite voting heavily for Bush
2004, Alabama still has a strong Democratic presence; Democrats
control majorities of both chambers in the state legislature
. Commissioner of
Agriculture and Industries Ron
appeared to be preparing for a run, but on June 12,
2007, Sparks announced that he will not seek the Senate seat, in
order to avoid a primary battle with state Senator Vivian Davis Figures
. Figures has won
elections in the Republican-leaning Mobile area.
In the Democratic primary, Figures won the nomination and will face
Sessions in November.
Not on the ballot, but running a write-in campaign, was Darryl W.
the 2004 Libertarian Party nominee for Pennsylvania State Treasurer
and 2007 candidate for Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.
Perry was endorsed by Alabama Statesmen,
Boston Tea Party
Christians for Life and Liberty and PaulCongress.com
Session defeated Figures, taking 63% of the vote to Figures'
In the 2008 election, first-term incumbent Republican Senator
primarily by Democrat Jim Martin
, as well as third
party candidates, including Libertarian Allen Buckley
and Eleanor Garcia
of the Socialist Workers
current Georgia Commissioner of Human Resources, former member of
the Georgia General
Assembly, Vietnam War veteran, and
2006 candidate for Lieutenant Governor, secured
the Democratic nomination after defeating Dekalb
County CEO Vernon Jones by a 59% to 41% margin in the
August 5 run-off election.
In December 2007, Chambliss had an approval rating of 53% and a
disapproval rating of 34% according to Strategic Vision, a
Republican polling firm. For most of the campaign, Chambliss
maintained a comfortable lead in most polls. However, in the weeks
leading up to the 2008 general election, polls showed the race
tightening, reflecting a general nationwide trend.
On November 4, 2008, Chambliss received 49.7% of the vote, with
Martin about 3% behind and Buckley receiving 3% of the vote.
However, Georgia law states that if no candidate receives a
of the popular vote,
then the election will be decided in a run-off. On December 2,
2008, Chambliss won the run-off with 57% of vote to Martin's
On September 1, 2007, Senator Larry
announced his intent to resign from the Senate effective
September 30, 2007. The announcement followed by just six days
the disclosure that he had pleaded guilty on August 1, 2007 to a
reduced misdemeanor charge arising out of his arrest on June 11 at
the Minneapolis airport for soliciting sex with a man in the
Craig found almost no support among Republicans in
his home state or Washington. On October 4, 2007, Senator Craig
announced he will not seek re-election, but would remain in office
until the end of his term.
Lieutenant Governor Jim Risch
Republican candidate; U.S. Army veteran
congressman Larry LaRocco
Democratic candidate. Risch and LaRocco ran against each other in
the 2006 Lieutenant Governor race, which Risch won by a wide
margin. Libertarian Kent Marmon also ran. The last Democratic
Senator from Idaho was Frank Church
who was defeated in the Republican landslide of 1980
after serving four
Risch won the election with approximately 58 percent of the
Senator Pat Roberts
to a third term. Although Kansas has not
elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932, former Democratic
Congressman and army veteran Jim
Slattery was nominated to run against Roberts.
Roberts currently has an approval rating of 56%.
Roberts was re-elected with 60% to Slattery's 36%.
made Senate Minority Leader,
four-term Senator Mitch McConnell of
Kentucky a target due to his leadership of Senate
Republicans and his ties to President Bush, as well as his mediocre
approval rating in the state, which is below 50%.
Businessman and U.S. Army veteran Bruce
, who lost the 2007 Democratic gubernatorial primary to
current Governor Steve Beshear
the Democratic nominee.
Once thought to be secure in his reelection, McConnell's lead had
shrunk dramatically thanks to the financial crisis and polling
showed the race tightening between him and Lunsford. Nevertheless,
McConnell was re-elected by a margin of 53% to 47%.
Maine, Susan Collins sought
a third term in the Senate.
She has maintained a high
approval rating, and also in her favor is the landslide re-election
of Maine's senior Senator, Olympia
, who had the largest margin of victory of any GOP Senate
candidate - besides the largely-unopposed Richard Lugar
(R-IN) - in the 2006 election
cycle. Collins was re-elected with 58% of the vote in 2002 over
State Sen. Chellie Pingree
, citing his status as an
, endorsed Sen.
Collins in her 2008 re-election bid.
On May 8, 2007, Rep. Tom Allen
) announced his
candidacy on his
. He had already expressed interest in running and had
been building the apparatus necessary to wage a Senate
Collins won on election day with 61% of the vote, compared to 39%
Incumbent Senator Thad Cochran
announced that he would seek re-election for a sixth term. Cochran,
who has not faced serious opposition since he was re-elected in
Democratic state Representative Erik
, whom he defeated
with 62% of the vote.
, formerly the
representative of Mississippi's 1st
, was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour
on December 31, 2007, to fill
the vacancy caused by the December 18 resignation of Trent Lott
. It had been speculated that Lott
wished to resign before a new lobbying reform law, effective the
first day of 2008, took effect; having resigned before the end of
2007, Lott may become a lobbyist in 2009 instead of 2010.
Controversy arose when Barbour called for the special election to
be held on the same day as the general election. As a result,
Mississippi's Attorney General Jim Hood
challenged Barbour in court, claiming that the special election
needed to be held within 100 days of Lott's resignation, as per
state law. Initially, a Mississippi Circuit Court judge sided with
Hood, ruling that the election take place on or before March 19,
2008. However, Barbour filed an appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court
overturned the earlier ruling and set the special election for
November 4, 2008.
Democratic former Governor Ronnie
challenged Wicker. Another Democrat, former
Congressman Ronnie Shows
, also filed to
run, but he withdrew in February 2008
and endorsed Musgrove. Wicker beat Musgrove 55% to 45%.
Nebraska, incumbent Republican Senator Chuck Hagel chose to retire rather than run for
a third term.
Former Governor Mike Johanns
recently resigned as Agriculture
, was the Republican nominee, having defeated opponent
87-13 in the primary. Scott Kleeb
, 2006 candidate for Nebraska's 3rd
, defeated businessman Tony Raimondo, a
former Republican, by a wide margin in the Democratic
Nebraska state Green
Co-Chairman Steve Larrick was also a candidate, as was
Kelly Rosberg of the Nebraska
Johanns won, taking 58% of the vote, with Kleeb taking 40%
Oklahoma, Senator Jim Inhofe
announced that he would seek a third full term.
2007 poll put Inhofe's approval rating at 47%, with 41%
disapproving of his performance. Inhofe's opponent was State
Senator Andrew Rice
. Inhofe was
re-elected, 57% to 39%.
Lindsey Graham, as a popular
Republican incumbent in strongly conservative South
Carolina, has been
considered unlikely to be vulnerable to a Democratic
Graham's support for a compromise immigration
bill, however, drew an angry response from many South Carolina
conservatives, who recruited Buddy
, a former South Carolina Republican
leader, to challenge Graham for the nomination. Graham
easily bested Witherspoon in the June 10 primary.
First-time candidate Bob Conley, an airline pilot, was the
Democratic nominee. Conley, whose victory in the Democratic primary
was a surprise, is a former Republican who supported Ron Paul
this year and has campaigned as the more
conservative candidate on some issues, notably illegal immigration
and the bailout of Wall Street.
The South Carolina Working
nominated Michael Cone, who also ran for the
Democratic nomination. This was the first time the party had
nominated a candidate for statewide office. However, Cone was not
listed on the ballot in South Carolina.
Graham easily won re-election with 58% of the vote to Conley's
Former Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander
was elected in 2002
retiring Senator Fred Thompson
. He has
announced he will seek a second term in 2008. He was unopposed in
the Republican primary.
Former Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party Bob Tuke
was the Democratic nominee, defeating
Businessman Gary Davis 30% to 23%. Knox County Clerk Mike Padgett
received 20% of the vote.
2006 Green Party Senate nominee Chris Lugo originally announced as
a Democrat but dropped out of the Democratic race before the filing
deadline. He filed as an independent and was subsequently named as
the Green Party nominee Edward Buck was also in the race.
Daniel Lewis is running as a Libertarian candidate for the United
States Senate. He was certified March 3, 2008 by the Tennessee
Division of Elections as having achieved ballot access for the
November 4, 2008 election as a candidate for United States Senate.
The Libertarian Party of Tennessee officially selected Daniel Lewis
as their candidate for United States Senate on Saturday March 8,
2008 the at their annual convention held in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mr. Lewis is currently serving as the chairman of the Libertarian
Party of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. He ran for the
Tennessee House in 2004.
Also reported to be in the race are David "None of the Above"
Gatchell a ballot activist & frequent candidate and Emory "Bo"
Heyward, a software company employee, conservative activist &
Alexander won the election with 65% of the vote.
Texas has not
elected a Democrat in a statewide election since 1994, but
according to pre-election Rasmussen polling, Senator John Cornyn had an approval rating of
50%. Texas House
member and Afghanistan War
secured his place as Cornyn's Democratic challenger in
the March 4 primary, beating out opponents Gene Kelly, Ray
McMurrey, and Rhett Smith. The same Rasmussen poll showed Cornyn
leading Noriega by a narrow four percentage points - 47% to
activist Larry Kilgore of Mansfield,
Texas, was a Republican challenger for the March 2008
primary election, but Cornyn easily won the Republican
There were three Libertarians, including 2006 LP senate nominee
Scott Jameson, running for their party's nomination. In addition,
the Green Party of Texas sought ballot access for its candidate
David B. Collins.
In the end, John Cornyn won re-election, 55%-43%
Mike Enzi was considered likely to be
re-elected without significant opposition for a third term in
strongly Republican Wyoming. His Democratic opponent was Chris Rothfuss,
a professor at the University of Wyoming and a chemical engineer, nanotechnologist, and
Pre-election polling indicated that Enzi led
Rothfuss by 24%.
As expected, Enzi won another term, 76%-24%.
was appointed by
Governor Dave Freudenthal
June 22, 2007 to fill the senate seat of Republican Craig L. Thomas
, who died on June 4. Wyoming law
requires that the interim senator be affiliated with the same
political party as the departed senator. Barrasso ran in the
November 4, 2008 special election, held on the day of the 2008 presidential
, to serve out the remainder of Thomas' term, which
expires in January 2013.
Democratic side, Casper City
Councilman Keith Goodenough announced his candidacy.
primary on August 19, Goodenough was defeated by a political
newcomer, Gillette defense attorney Nick
Carter, who became Barrasso's opponent in the general
Barrasso won on Election Day, taking 73% of the vote and winning
every county in the state.
There are 14 freshman Senators in the 111th United States Congress
as of July 7, 2009. Ten were elected on November 4, 2008. In
addition, two freshmen were appointed to fill vacancies created by
Barack Obama's and Joe Biden's resignations to become president and
vice president. Two more freshmen were appointed to the Senate as a
consequence of the appointment of Hillary Clinton
to be Secretary of State
and Ken Salazar
to be Secretary of the
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