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6 Races That Will Decide Who Controls the Senate

6 Races That Will Decide Who Controls the Senate
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On the eve of the election, most attention is focused on the battle for the presidency. It’s important to remember, though, that control of the Senate also hangs in the balance on Tuesday. Democrats currently hold a 53-47 edge in the upper house, including two independents who caucus with them. A loss of f0ur seats (or three, if Romney wins the presidency) would flip control to Republicans.

Democrats are considered favorites to retain 19 seats they currently control, and former Gov. Angus King of Maine, an independent, is expected to win and caucus with the Democrats, flipping a seat to their control. Republicans are also expected to win a Democratic-held seat in Nebraska, and to hold onto seven others they currently hold.

That would give Democrats a 49-45 lead on seats that lean toward them — meaning six seats up for election tomorrow will decide whether Mitch McConnell becomes majority leader, or whether Harry Reid retains his position. Here’s a look at these six races, from east to west.

Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren (D) vs. Sen. Scott Brown (R)

The senate seat in the Bay State has been one of the marquee match-ups in the 2012 election for some time. Elizabeth Warren helped design the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for President Barack Obama, and has been a leading advocate for a more egalitarian society. Brown, meanwhile, is a moderate Republican who surprised Washington by winning the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, briefly threatening to derail health care reform.

Democrats targeted Brown’s seat in deep-blue Massachusetts as a likely pick-up opportunity, and the battle for the seat has been ferocious, with the Brown campaign attacking Warren over her claimed Native American ancestry, and Warren attacking Brown for being too beholden to the Republican leadership.

For Democrats, the polling in Massachusetts has been generally positive. Warren holds a 3.5 point edge in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, and Nate Silver gives Warren a prohibitive 94 percent chance of winning. Still, a University of Massachusetts/Boston Herald poll gave Brown a bare 49-48 edge, and given the importance of the race, this is one that Democrats can’t count on until the ballots are counted.

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4:01AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

thanks

5:57PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Just happy that all the women won; maybe now, some of those horrible attacks on women will stop.

5:52PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Sharon H stated succinctly; "It's over, you lost", now move on. You have been wrong ever since you started posting here, and now it's time to lick your wounds and go back to the swamp. We'll get back the majority in Congress in 2014.

1:55AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

GRATULATION USA! It can now ONLY go forward! :-) I have a feeling that this time "both side" in a while will work together. IT IS the only option. By working together NOTHING will be inpossible. "Both side" can THEN take the credit and both can be a part of the new world. It will then be NO "THEY and US". And that goes for democrats and republic, USA and World, You and I. The future is bright....................

8:51PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

go Elizabeth!

8:44PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Hats off to my grrl, Elizabeth!!! Go get 'em!

8:40PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Now please pack your stuff and GTFO!

8:30PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Elaine and all the rest of you T-baggers....IT'S OVER!!! YOU LOST!!!!!

7:17PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

More like political affiliation rather than races that are going to determine who wins.

4:26PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

If a voter is so stupid to check the person they do not want then press “NEXT” without alerting the authority, then they deserve what they get.

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