1. News & Issues

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:


was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

The Race for the Senate
Campaign 2004
For the Fall 2004 elections, voters will select 34 Senators (currently held by 19 Democrats and 15 Republicans); one-third of the 100 Senate seats are up for election every two years.

The following chart analyzes the potential that a seat might change parties in this election cycle; it is based on analysis from several election consultants. The Senate race is under a microscope this year because the current make-up is xx Republicans, xx Democrats and one Independent; in case of a tie, the Vice President casts the deciding ballot.

The legend for this chart follows:
  • Likely: These races have the potential to become competitive.
  • Lean: Although a competitive race, one party has an advantage.
  • Toss-Up: These are the most competitive races and are too close to call at this time.
See House Races.

Senate Seats That Might Change Party
State Party Senator Status
AR R Murkowski Toss Up
CA D Boxer Likely Democrat
Faces B. Jones (R)
CO R Campbell Retiring - Toss Up
FL D Graham - Retiring Toss Up
GA D Miller - retiring Likely Republican
Democratic run-off on August 10: Denise Majette and Cliff Oxford
Il R Fitzgerald - retiring Likely Democrat
Barack Obama (D) vs. ? (R)
KY R Bunning Likely Republican
Faces D. Mongiardo (D)
LA D Breaux - Retiring Toss Up
Chris John
MO R Bond Likely Republican
NC D Edwards - VP Candidate Toss Up
OK R Nickles - Retiring Toss Up
PA R Specter Likely Republican
SC D Hollings
Toss Up
Inez Tenenbaum (D) vs. Jim DeMint (R)
SD D Daschle Toss Up
WA D Murray Leans Democrat
Faces Nethercutt (R)
WI D Feingold Likely Democrat

Senate Seats Unlikely To Change Party
State Party Senator
AL R Shelby
AR D Lincoln
AZ R McCain
CT D Dodd
HI D Inouye
IA R Grassley
ID R Crappo
IN D Bayh
KS R Brownback
MN D Mikulski
ND D Dorgan
NH R Gregg
NV D Reid
NY D Schumer
OH R Voinovich
OR D Wyden
UT R Bennett
VT D Leahy

©2017 About.com. All rights reserved.