2008 년 미국 상원 선거 - 2008 United States Senate elections

2008 년 미국 상원 선거

2006 년 2008 년 11 월 4 일 2010 년

미국 상원 100 석 중 35
석 과반수에 51 석 필요
Majority party Minority party
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리더 해리 리드 미치 맥코넬
파티 민주주의 공화주의자
리더의 자리 네바다 켄터키
이전 좌석 49 49
이후 좌석 57 41
좌석 변경 Increase 8 Decrease 8
인기 투표 34,276,327 [1] 29,729,539 [1]
백분율 51.7 % 44.8 %
그네 Decrease 1.5 % Increase 3.0 %
좌석 12 23
우승 한 레이스 20 15

Third party
파티 독립적 인
이전 좌석 2 [a]
이후 좌석 2
좌석 변경 Steady
인기 투표 176,752 [1]
백분율 0.3 %
그네 Decrease 0.4 %
좌석 0
우승 한 레이스 0

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선거 결과 :
민주당 보류 민주당 이득
공화당 보류
선거 없음
주를 통과하는 라인 ( Miss. & Wyo. ) : 두 좌석 모두 경쟁

선거 전 다수 지도자

해리 리드
민주당

선출 된 다수 지도자

해리 리드
민주당

2008 미국 상원 선거는 에서 100 석 중 35, 2008 년 11 월 4 일에 거주지 열렸다 상원 의원이 경쟁하고. 33 개의 의석이 정기 선거에 올랐습니다. 우승자는 2009 년 1 월 3 일부터 2015 년 1 월 3 일까지 Class 2 멤버로서 6 년 임기를 수행 할 수있었습니다 . 또한 두 번의 특별 선거 가 있었는데 , 그 의석의 승자는 2013 년 1 월 3 일에 종료 된 임기를 마칠 것입니다.

대통령 선거 민주당 승리 한 버락 오바마 , 모든 하원의 좌석 선거 , 여러 지사 선거 뿐만 아니라, 많은 주 및 지방 선거, 같은 날짜에 발생했습니다.

이 선거에 참여한 상원은 민주당 원 49 명, 공화당 49 명 , 그리고 민주당 원과 협의 한 2 명의 무소속으로 구성되어 민주당 전당 대회가 51 ~ 49 위를 차지했습니다. [2] 2008 년 선거의 의석 중 23 석은 공화당 원, 12 석은 민주당 원입니다. 공화당 원은 2008 년에 과반수를 되찾지 못할 것이라고 공개적으로 인정했지만 [3] [4] 8 석을 잃었습니다. 민주당 후보들은 알래스카 , 뉴햄프셔 , 노스 캐롤라이나 , 오레곤 에서 공화당 현직 원들을 물리 쳤고 , 미네소타주의 긴 재검 표 과정 끝에. 또한 그들은 콜로라도 , 뉴 멕시코 , 버지니아 에서 공화당이 주최하는 공개 석에서 우승했습니다 . 이번 선거는 민주당 원에서 공화당 원으로 전환 된 의석이없는 두 번째주기였으며 민주당 원이 모든 의석을 유지 한 1990 년 이후 첫 번째 선거였습니다. 또한 이것은 민주당 상원 이 8 석을 차지한 1986 년 이후 가장 큰 이익을 기록 했습니다. 이 선거는 1964 년 민주당 대선 후보가 상원 외투로 백악관에서 승리 한 이래 처음으로 기록 되었습니다.

민주당은 선거 결과 최소 57 석을 확보했습니다. 새로운 상원 의원이 처음 선서를했을 때, 균형은 민주당에 찬성하는 58-41이었고 미네소타 에서 해결되지 않은 선거로 인해 그 의석은 공석이되었습니다. 2009 년 4 월 펜실베니아 상원의 원인 알렌 스펙터 가 공화당에서 민주당으로 전환되고 2009 년 7 월 미네소타 선거에서 민주당 알 프랑켄 을 찬성하는 결의로 민주당 과반수가 60-40으로 증가했습니다. 공화당 원은 2010 년 1 월 매사추세츠 특별 선거에서 의석을 확보 하여 다음 선거주기 가 시작되기 전에 균형을 59-41로 만들었습니다 .

2020 년 선거를 기준으로 민주당 원이 알래스카 , 아칸소 , 아이오와 , 루이지애나 , 노스 캐롤라이나사우스 다코타 에서 미국 상원 의석을 차지한 것은 이번이 마지막 입니다.

이익과 손실

민주당 원들은 5 명의 공화당 재직자들을 물리 쳤다 :

민주당 원들은 또한 공화당이 보유한 3 개의 공 화석 ( 콜로라도 , 뉴 멕시코 , 버지니아)을 선택했습니다 .

결과 요약

57 2 41
민주주의 독립적 인 공화주의자


2008 년 11 월 4 일 미국 상원 선거 결과 요약 [ 편집 ]

당사자 합계
민주주의 공화주의자 독립적 인 자유 주의자 독립 초록 기타
이 선거 전에 49 49 2 100
하지
최대
1 종 (2006 년 → 2012 년) 22 8 2 31
3 교시 (2004 년 → 2010 년) 15 19 34
합계 37 26 2 65
쪽으로 클래스 1 2 2
클래스 2 12 21 33
합계 12 23 35
현직
은퇴
이전 합계 5 5
같은 당사자가 개최 2 2
다른 당사자에 의해 대체 됨 Decrease3 공화당 원
교체
Increase 3 민주당 원
이후 결과 2 5
현직
실행
이전 합계 12 18 30
승리 한 선거 12 13 25
잃어버린 선거 Decrease5 공화당 원
교체
Increase 5 민주당 원
5
이후 결과 17 13 30
순이익 / 손실 Increase 8 Decrease 8 8
총 선출 20 15 35
전국적 투표 투표 34,276,327 29,729,539 176,752 798,154 450,702 427,427 496,478 66,355,379
공유 51.66 % 44.80 % 0.27 % 1.20 % 0.68 % 0.64 % 0.75 % 100 %
결과 57 41 2 100

출처 :

  • 미국 하원 서기 [1]
  • TheGreenPapers.com을 통한 미국 상원 대중 투표 및 정당 별 FEC 총 영수증
  • "미국 상원 (전체 결과)" . CNN . 2009 년 7 월 1 일 . 만회 년 11 월 (29), 2017 .
  • "The Green Papers 2008 미국 상원 대중 투표 및 정당 별 FEC 총 수령액" . 그린 페이퍼 . 만회 년 11 월 (19), 2008 년 .

구성 변경

선거 전

D 1 D 2 D 3 D 4 D 5 D 6 D 7 D 8 D 9 D 10
D 20 D 19 D 18 D 17 D 16 D 15 D 14 D 13 D 12 D 11
D 21 D 22 D 23 D 24 D 25 D 26 D 27 D 28 D 29 D 30
D 40
Ill.
Ran
D 39
Del.
Ran
D 38
방주
D 37 D 36 D 35 D 34 D 33 D 32 D 31
D 41
아이오와
D 42
라.
D 43
Mass.
Ran
D 44
Mich.
Ran
D 45
Mont.
D 46
N.J.
D 47
R.I.
D 48
S.D.
D 49
W.Va.
Ran
1
과반수 (무소속) ↑ 2
R 41
N.C.
R 42
Okla.
Ran
R 43
광석
R 44
S.C.
R 45
Tenn.
Ran
R 46
텍사스
R 47
Va.
은퇴
R 48
Wyo. (Reg)
Ran
R 49
Wyo. (Sp)
R 40
N.M.
은퇴
R 39
N.H.
R 38
Neb.
은퇴
R 37
Miss. (Sp)
Ran
R 36
Miss. (Reg)
Ran
R 35
Minn.
Ran
R 34
나.
R 33
Ky.
Ran
R 32
칸.
R 31
아이다 호
은퇴
R 21 R 22 R 23 R 24 R 25 R 26 R 27
Ala.
Ran
R 28
알래스카
R 29
Colo.
은퇴
R 30
Ga.
Ran
R 20 R 19 R 18 R 17 R 16 R 15 R 14 R 13 R 12 R 11
R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 R 5 R 6 R 7 R 8 R 9 R 10

선거 후

D 1 D 2 D 3 D 4 D 5 D 6 D 7 D 8 D 9 D 10
D 20 D 19 D 18 D 17 D 16 D 15 D 14 D 13 D 12 D 11
D 21 D 22 D 23 D 24 D 25 D 26 D 27 D 28 D 29 D 30
D 40
Ill.
재선
D 39
Del.
재선
D 38
방주
재선
D 37 D 36 D 35 D 34 D 33 D 32 D 31
D 41
아이오와
재선
D 42
La.
재선
D 43
미사
재선
D 44
Mich.
재선
D 45
Mont.
재선
D 46
N.J.
재선
D 47
R.I.
재선
D 48
S.D.
재선
D 49
W.Va.
재선
D 50
알래스카
이득
대다수 → D 51
콜로.
게인
R 41
Wyo. (Sp)
선출 [b]
2 1 D 57
Va.
이득
D 56
광석
이득
D 55
N.C.
이득
D 54
N.M.
이득
D 53
N.H.
이득
D 52
Minn.
이득
R 40
Wyo. (Reg)
재선
R 39
텍사스
재선
R 38
Tenn.
재선
R 37
S.C.
재선
R 36
Okla.
재선
R 35
Neb.
보류
R 34
Miss. (Sp)
선출 됨 [b]
R 33
Miss. (Reg)
재선
R 32
Me.
재선
R 31
Ky.
재선
R 21 R 22 R 23 R 24 R 25 R 26 R 27
Ala.
재선
R 28
Ga.
재선
R 29
아이다 호
홀드
R 30
Kan.
재선
R 20 R 19 R 18 R 17 R 16 R 15 R 14 R 13 R 12 R 11
R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 R 5 R 6 R 7 R 8 R 9 R 10
키:
D # 민주주의
나는 # 독립적 인
R # 공화주의자

레이스 요약

110 차 총회 중 특별 선거

이 특별 선거에서 우승자는 2008 년 또는 2009 년 1 월 3 일 이전에 착석하여 선거일, 주, 등급 순으로 정렬되었습니다.


(
아래 요약에 링크 됨)
쑥 내민 결과 후보자
평의원 파티 선거 역사
미시시피
(1 등급)
로저 위커 공화주의자 2007 (임명) 임시 지명자가 선출 됨 .
와이오밍
(클래스 1)
존 바라 소 공화주의자 2007 (임명) 임시 지명자가 선출 됨 .

차기 의회로 이어지는 선거

이 총선에서 우승자는 2009 년 1 월 3 일에 시작되는 임기에 선출되었습니다. 주별로 주문했습니다.

모든 선거에는 클래스 2 의석이 포함되었습니다.


(
아래 요약에 링크 됨)
쑥 내민 결과 후보자
평의원 파티 선거 역사
앨라배마 Jeff 세션 공화주의자 1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
알래스카 테드 스티븐스 공화주의자 1968 (임명)
1970 (특별)
1972
1978
1984
1990
1996
2002
재선에서 패배.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
민주적 이득.
Arkansas 마크 프라이어 민주주의 2002 년 재선 된 재선 .
콜로라도 웨인 앨 러드 공화주의자 1996
2002
은퇴 한 재직자.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
민주적 이득.
  • Green tickY 마크 우달 (민주당) 52.8 %
  • 밥 셰퍼 (공화당) 42.5 %
  • Doug Campbell (헌법) 2.6 %
  • Bob Kinsey (녹색) 2.1 %
델라웨어 조 바이든 민주주의 1972
1978
1984
1990
1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
그루지야 색스 비 샹 블리스 공화주의자 2002 년 재선 된 재선 .
아이다 호 래리 크레이그 공화주의자 1990
1996
2002
은퇴 한 재직자.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
공화당 보류.
일리노이 딕 더빈 민주주의 1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY 딕 더빈 (민주당) 67.8 %
  • Steve Sauerberg (공화당) 28.5 %
  • 캐시 커밍스 (그린) 2.2 %
  • 래리 스태포드 (자유주의) 0.9 %
  • 차드 코피 (체질) 0.5 %
아이오와 톰 하킨 민주주의 1984
1990
1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
캔자스 팻 로버츠 공화주의자 1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
켄터키 미치 맥코넬 공화주의자 1984
1990
1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
루이지애나 Mary Landrieu 민주주의 1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY Mary Landrieu (민주당) 52.1 %
  • 존 케네디 (공화당) 45.7 %
  • 리차드 폰타네시 (자유 주의자) 1.0 %
  • Jay Patel (독립) 0.7 %
  • 로버트 스튜어트 (독립) 0.5 %
메인 수잔 콜린스 공화주의자 1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
매사추세츠 주 존 케리 민주주의 1984
1990
1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY 존 케리 (민주당) 65.8 %
  • 제프 비티 (공화당) 31.0 %
  • 로버트 언더우드 (자유 주의자) 3.2 %
미시간 칼 레빈 민주주의 1978
1984
1990
1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY 칼 레빈 (민주당) 62.7 %
  • 잭 후 겐딕 (공화당) 33.8 %
  • 스콧 보만 (자유 주의자) 1.6 %
  • 할리 미켈슨 (그린) 0.9 %
  • 마이클 니 키틴 (헌법) 0.6 %
  • Doug Dern (자연법) 0.4 %
미네소타 Norm Coleman 공화주의자 2002 년 재선에서 패배.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
민주적 이득.
미시시피 타드 코크란 공화주의자 1978
1984
1990
1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
Montana Max Baucus 민주주의 1978
1984
1990
1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
네브라스카 척 헤이 겔 공화주의자 1996
2002
은퇴 한 재직자.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
공화당 보류.
뉴햄프셔 존 E. 수 누누 공화주의자 2002 년 재선에서 패배.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
민주적 이득.
뉴저지 Frank Lautenberg 민주주의 1982
1982 (임명)
1988
1994
2000 (퇴직)
2002
재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY 프랭크 로텐 베르크 (민주당) 56.0 %
  • 딕 짐머 (공화당) 42.0 %
  • Jason Scheurer (자유 주의자) 0.5 %
  • JM Carter (독립) 0.5 %
  • Daryl Mikell Brooks (독립) 0.5 %
  • Jeffrey Boss (독립) 0.3 %
  • Sara Lobman (사회주의 노동자) 0.3 %
뉴 멕시코 피트도 메니 치 공화주의자 1972
1978
1984
1990
1996
2002
은퇴 한 재직자.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
민주적 이득.
노스 캐롤라이나 엘리자베스 돌 공화주의자 2002 년 재선에서 패배.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
민주적 이득.
오클라호마 짐 인호 프 공화주의자 1994 (특별)
1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
오레곤 고든 에이치 스미스 공화주의자 1996
2002
재선에서 패배.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
민주적 이득.
로드 아일랜드 잭 리드 민주주의 1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY 잭 리드 (민주당) 73.4 %
  • 로버트 팅글 (공화당) 26.6 %
사우스 캐롤라이나 린지 그레이엄 공화주의자 2002 년 재선 된 재선 .
사우스 다코타 팀 존슨 민주주의 1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
테네시 라마 알렉산더 공화주의자 2002 년 재선 된 재선 .
  • Green tickY 라마 알렉산더 (공화당) 65.1 %
  • 밥 투크 (민주당) 31.6 %
  • Edward Buck (독립) 1.3 %
  • Christopher Fenner (독립) 0.5 %
  • 다니엘 루이스 (자유 주의자) 0.4 %
  • 크리스 루고 (그린) 0.4 %
  • 에드 로혼 (독립) 0.4 %
  • David Gatchell (독립) 0.3 %
텍사스 존 코닌 공화주의자 2002 년 재선 된 재선 .
여자 이름 존 워너 공화주의자 1978
1984
1990
1996
2002
은퇴 한 재직자.
새로운 회원이 선출되었습니다 .
민주적 이득.
웨스트 버지니아 제이 록펠러 민주주의 1984
1990
1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .
와이오밍 마이크 엔지 공화주의자 1996
2002
재선 된 재선 .

차기 총회 중 특별 선거

2009 년에는 특별 선거가 없었습니다.

가장 가까운 레이스

9 개의 레이스에서 승률은 10 % 미만이었습니다. 그러나 조지아는 공화당 후보가 10 % 이상 승리 한 결선 선거를 진행했습니다.

지구 우승자 여유
미네소타 민주당 (뒤집기) 0.01 %
알래스카 민주당 (뒤집기) 1.3 %
오레곤 민주당 (뒤집기) 3.6 %
조지아 장군 공화주의자 3.0 %
켄터키 공화주의자 6.0 %
뉴햄프셔 민주당 (뒤집기) 6.3 %
루이지애나 민주주의 6.4 %
노스 캐롤라이나 민주당 (뒤집기) 8.5 %
미시시피 스페셜 공화주의자 9.9 %

신입생

카운티 별 상원 선거 결과

111 차 미합중국 의회 에는 20 명의 신입생 상원 의원이있었습니다 . 2008 년 11 월 4 일에 10 명이 선출되었습니다. 또한 2 명의 신입생이 버락 오바마와 조 바이든의 사임으로 대통령 및 부통령이 된 공석을 채우기 위해 임명되었습니다. 힐러리 클린턴국무 장관으로 , 켄 살라자르내무 장관으로 임명 한 결과 두 명의 신입생이 상원에 임명되었습니다 . George LeMieux그의 사임으로 Mel Martinez 를 대신하도록 임명되었습니다 . 임시 상원 의원 Paul G. KirkEdward M. Kennedy 의석에 임명되었습니다 .그의 죽음에. 그는 대체되었다 스콧 브라운매사추세츠 2010 년 미국 상원 특별 선거 .

  1. Mark Begich (D-AK)
  2. 알 프랑켄 (D-MN)
  3. 케이하건 (D-NC)
  4. Mike Johanns (R-NE)
  5. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
  6. Jim Risch (R-ID)
  7. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
  8. Mark Udall (D-CO)
  9. Tom Udall (D-NM)
  10. 마크 워너 (D-VA)
  11. Roland Burris (D-IL, Obama의 후임자), 2008 년 임명
  12. Ted Kaufman (D-DE, Biden의 후임자), 2009 년 임명
  13. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY, Clinton의 후임자), 2009 년에 임명
  14. Michael Bennet (D-CO, Salazar의 후임자), 2009 년에 임명
  15. George LeMieux (R-FL, Martinez의 후계자), 2009 년 임명
  16. Paul G. Kirk (D-MA, Kennedy의 후임자), 2009 년에 임명
  17. Scott Brown (R-MA, Paul Kirk의 후계자)
  18. Carte Goodwin (D-WV, Byrd의 후임자), 2010 년 임명
  19. Chris Coons (D-DE, Kaufman의 후임자), 2010 년에 선출
  20. 2010 년에 선출 된 Joe Manchin (D-WV Goodwin의 후계자)
  21. Mark Kirk (R-IL, Burris의 후임자), 2010 년에 선출

힐위원회의 역할

각 주요 정당에는 주로 자금을 제공하여 하원 및 상원 후보자를 지원하는 힐위원회 가 있습니다. 상원 측에서위원회는 민주당 상원 캠페인위원회 (DSCC)와 전국 공화당 상원위원회 (NRSC)입니다.

이주기에서 DSCC는 모금에 더 성공적이었습니다. 2008 년 6 월 30 일 현재 연방 선거 관리위원회의 데이터에 따르면 NRSC는 2,460 만 달러를 보유하고 있으며 DSCC의 4300 만 달러와 비교해 볼 수 있습니다. [5] NRSC 의장 인 John Ensign 상원 의원은 그와 같이 재선에 직면하지 않은 공화당 상원 의원들과 동료들을위한 기금 마련을 돕기 위해 더 많은 일을해야한다고 생각했던 공화당 상원 의원을 징계하는 특이한 조치를 취했습니다. [5]

앨라배마

앨라배마 선거

2002 년
2014 년
Jeff Sessions official portrait.jpg Vivian Figures.jpg
후보자 Jeff 세션 비비안 데이비스 피규어
파티 공화주의자 민주주의
인기 투표 1,305,383 752,391
백분율 63.36 % 36.52 %

Alabama Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
카운티 결과

선거 전 미국 상원 의원

Jeff Sessions
공화당

미국 상원 의원 선출

Jeff Sessions
공화당

Alabama senator Jeff Sessions sought re-election to a third term. Johnny Swanson announced his candidacy in March 2006 for the Democratic nomination.[6]

Despite voting heavily for Bush in 2004, Alabama still had a strong Democratic presence; Democrats controlled majorities of both chambers in the state legislature. Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Ron Sparks appeared to be preparing for a run, but on June 12, 2007, Sparks announced that he would not seek the Senate seat, in order to avoid a primary battle with state senator Vivian Davis Figures.[7] Figures has won elections in the Republican-leaning Mobile area. In the Democratic primary, Figures won the nomination and face Sessions in November.

Not on the ballot, but running a write-in campaign, was Darryl W. Perry, the 2004 Libertarian Party nominee for Pennsylvania State Treasurer and 2007 candidate for Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.[8][9] Perry was endorsed by Alabama Statesmen,[10] Boston Tea Party,[11] Christians for Life and Liberty[12] and PaulCongress.com[13]

Sessions defeated Figures, taking 63% of the vote to Figures's 37%

Republican primary[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Sessions 199,690 92.27%
Republican Earl Mack Gavin 16,718 7.73%
Total votes 216,408 100.00%
Democratic primary[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Vivian Davis Figures 112,074 63.72%
Democratic Johnny Swanson 38,757 22.03%
Democratic Mark Townsend 25,058 14.25%
Total votes 175,889 100.00%
Alabama general[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Sessions (Incumbent) 1,305,383 63.36%
Democratic Vivian Figures 752,391 36.52%
Write-in Write-ins 2,417 0.12%
Invalid or blank votes
Total votes 2,060,191 100.00%
Turnout N/A
Republican hold

Alaska

Alaska election

2002
2014
Mark Begich, official Senate photo portrait, 2009.jpg Ted Stevens (cropped).jpg
Nominee Mark Begich Ted Stevens
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 151,767 147,814
Percentage 47.8% 46.5%

U.S. senator before election

Ted Stevens
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Mark Begich
Democratic

Alaska ADL senatorial primary, 2008[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Begich 63,747 84.12%
Democratic Ray Metcalfe 5,480 7.23%
Alaskan Independence Bob Bird 4,216 5.56%
Libertarian Fredrick Haase 1,375 1.81%
Democratic Frank Vondersaar 965 1.27%
Total votes 75,783 100.00%
Republican primary[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ted Stevens 66,900 63.52%
Republican David Cuddy 28,364 26.93%
Republican Vic Vickers 6,102 5.79%
Republican Michael Corey 1,496 1.42%
Republican Roderic Sikma 1,133 1.08%
Republican Rich Wanda 732 0.69%
Republican Gerald Heikes 599 0.57%
Total votes 105,326 100.00%
Alaska general[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Begich 151,767 47.77% +37.26%
Republican Ted Stevens (Incumbent) 147,814 46.52% -31.65%
Alaskan Independence Bob Bird 13,197 4.15% +1.22%
Libertarian Fredrick Haase 2,483 0.78% -0.25%
Independent Ted Gianoutsos 1,385 0.44%
Write-ins 1,077 0.34%
Majority 3,953 1.24% -66.42%
Turnout 317,723
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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.[19]

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 Stevens.[20] Two former Veco executives have plead guilty to paying the younger Stevens $242,000 in bribes.[21] 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 Pete Kott that Veco paid people working to double the size of Stevens's home.[22]

On July 29, 2008, a federal grand jury indicted Stevens on seven felony counts for making false statements,[23] and on October 26, a jury found Stevens guilty on all charges.[24]

The 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.[25]

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-TX), and Kit Bond (R-MO)—donated enough money to Stevens's re-election campaign to make it one of Stevens's most successful fund raising quarters ever.[26]

Stevens's conviction on seven felony counts of corruption put his re-election 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's 46.5%.

On April 1, 2009 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, citing serious prosecutorial misconduct during the trial, decided to drop all charges against Stevens—an action that vacated his conviction.[citation needed]

Arkansas

Arkansas election

2002
2014
Mark Pryor, head and shoulders photo portrait with flag, 2006.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Mark Pryor Rebekah Kennedy
Party Democratic Green
Popular vote 804,678 207,076
Percentage 79.5% 20.5%

Arkansas Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results

U.S. senator before election

Mark Pryor
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Mark Pryor
Democratic

Arkansas general[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Pryor (Incumbent) 804,678 79.53%
Green Rebekah Kennedy 207,076 20.47%
Total votes 1,011,754 100.00%
Invalid or blank votes 75,586 n/a
Democratic hold

Despite being a first-term senator in a state George W. Bush won twice, Democrat Mark Pryor faced no 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 Bill Halter would challenge Pryor in the primary, but Halter declined to file as a candidate.[28] Rebekah Kennedy of the Green Party was Pryor's only opposition. Pryor won on election day, with 79.53% of the vote. Kennedy took 20.47%.

Colorado

Colorado election

2002
2014
MarkUdall-Senate Portrait.jpg Bob Schaffer Head Shot.jpg
Nominee Mark Udall Bob Schaffer
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,230,994 990,755
Percentage 52.8% 42.5%

Colorado Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results

U.S. senator before election

Wayne Allard
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Mark Udall
Democratic

Democratic primary[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Udall 194,227 100.00%
Total votes 194,227 100.00%
Republican primary[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Schaffer 239,212 100.00%
Total votes 239,212 100.00%
Colorado general[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Udall 1,230,994 52.80% +7.03%
Republican Bob Schaffer 990,755 42.49% -8.20%
Constitution Douglas Campbell 59,733 2.56% +1.04%
Green Bob Kinsey 50,004 2.14%
Write-ins 135 0.01%
Majority 240,239 10.30% +5.38%
Turnout 2,331,621
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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 terms.[31]

Former Representative 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.[32] Other possible Republican candidates included former Congressman Scott McInnis and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

The 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 opposition.[33]

Other candidates included Bob Kinsey of Denver as the Green Party nominee,[34] Douglas "Dayhorse" Campbell as the American Constitution Party's nominee,[35] and Independent candidate Buddy Moore, unaffiliated any party.[36]

On Election Day, Udall defeated Schaffer 53% to 43%.

Delaware

Delaware election

2002
2010
Joe Biden, official photo portrait 2-cropped.jpg Christine O'Donnell by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Nominee Joe Biden Christine O'Donnell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 257,539 140,595
Percentage 64.7% 35.3%

Delaware Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results

U.S. senator before election

Joe Biden
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Joe Biden
Democratic

Delaware general[37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joe Biden (Incumbent) 257,539 64.69% +6.47%
Republican Christine O'Donnell 140,595 35.31% -5.49%
Majority 116,944 29.37% +11.96%
Turnout 398,134
Democratic hold Swing

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.[38] Delaware law allowed Biden to run for Vice President and senator at the same time, so he would have kept the Senate seat if the presidential ticket had lost. In 2000, the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman ran similarly for his seat in Connecticut. 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 Delaware to appoint a successor. There was speculation as to whether the outgoing Governor, Ruth Ann Minner, or the incoming Governor-elect Jack Markell would make the appointment, and if Biden's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden 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. Kaufman has since stated that he will not run for the unexpired term in 2010.

Biden was re-elected with 65% of the vote, or 257,484 votes. O'Donnell received 140,584 votes (35% of the vote).

Georgia

Georgia election

2002 November 4 and December 2, 2008 2014
Saxby Chambliss.jpg Jim Martin october 2008.png
Nominee Saxby Chambliss Jim Martin
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,867,097 general
1,228,033 runoff
1,757,393 general
909,923 runoff
Percentage 49.8% general
57.4% runoff
46.8% general
42.6% runoff

Georgia Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results (Regular)

U.S. senator before election

Saxby Chambliss
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Saxby Chambliss
Republican

2008 Georgia U.S. Senate Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Saxby Chambliss 392,902 100.0%
Turnout 392,928 100.0%
2008 Georgia U.S. Senate Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Vernon Jones 199,026 40.4%
Democratic Jim Martin 169,635 34.4%
Democratic Dale Cardwell 79,181 16.1%
Democratic Rand Knight 25,667 5.2%
Democratic Josh Lanier 19,717 4.0%
Total votes 493,226 100.0%
2008 Georgia U.S. Senate Democratic primary election runoff
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Martin 191,061 59.9% +25.5%
Democratic Vernon Jones 127,993 40.1% -0.3%
Total votes 319,054 100.0%
Initial November results by county
Georgia general[39][40]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Saxby Chambliss (Incumbent) 1,867,097 49.8% -3.0%
Democratic Jim Martin 1,757,393 46.8% +0.9%
Libertarian Allen Buckley 127,923 3.4% +2.1%
Socialist Workers Eleanor Garcia (write-in) 43 0.0% n/a
Independent William Salomone Jr. (write-in) 29 0.0% n/a
Majority 109,704 2.92%
Turnout 3,752,577
December run-off results by county
Runoff election[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Saxby Chambliss (Incumbent) 1,228,033 57.4% +7.6%
Democratic Jim Martin 909,923 42.6% -4.2%
Majority 318,110 14.8%
Turnout 2,137,956
Republican hold Swing

In the 2008 election, first-term incumbent Republican senator Saxby Chambliss was opposed primarily by Democrat Jim Martin, as well as third party candidates, including Libertarian Allen Buckley and Eleanor Garcia of the Socialist Workers Party.

Martin, 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.[42] 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 49.8% of the vote,[43] with Martin about 3% behind and Buckley receiving 3% of the vote.[44] However, Georgia law stated that if no candidate receives a simple majority 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 43%.[45]

Idaho

Idaho election

2002
2014
James E. Risch, official Senate photo portrait, 2009.jpg Larry LaRocco 2.jpg
Nominee Jim Risch Larry LaRocco
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 371,744 219,903
Percentage 57.7% 34.1%

Nominee Rex Rammell
Party Independent
Popular vote 34,510
Percentage 5.4%

Idaho Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results

U.S. senator before election

Larry Craig
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Jim Risch
Republican

Democratic Primary results[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Larry LaRocco 29,023 72.35%
Democratic David J. Archuleta 11,074 27.60%
Democratic Write-ins 20 0.05%
Total votes 40,117 100.00%
Republican primary[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Risch 80,743 65.34%
Republican Scott Syme 16,660 13.48%
Republican Richard Phenneger 6,532 5.29%
Republican Neal Thompson 5,375 4.35%
Republican Fred M. Adams 4,987 4.04%
Republican Bill Hunter 4,280 3.46%
Republican Brian E. Hefner 2,915 2.36%
Republican Hal James Styles Jr. 2,082 1.68%
Total votes 123,574 100.00%
Idaho general[47]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Risch 371,744 57.65% -7.51%
Democratic Larry LaRocco 219,903 34.11% +1.56%
Independent Rex Rammell 34,510 5.35%
Libertarian Kent Marmon 9,958 1.54% -0.75%
Independent Pro-Life 8,662 1.35%
Write-ins 3 0.00%
Majority 151,841 23.55% -9.06%
Turnout 644,780
Republican hold Swing

On September 1, 2007, senator Larry Craig announced his intent to resign from the Senate effective September 30, 2007.[48] 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 restroom. 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.[49]

Lieutenant Governor Jim Risch was the Republican candidate; U.S. Army veteran and former congressman Larry LaRocco was the Democratic candidate.[50] 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.[51] The last Democratic senator from Idaho was Frank Church, who was defeated in the Republican landslide of 1980 after serving four terms.

Risch won the election with approximately 58% of the vote.[52]

Illinois

Illinois election

2002
2014
Richard Durbin official photo.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Dick Durbin Steve Sauerberg
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,615,844 1,520,621
Percentage 67.84% 28.53%

Illinois Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County Results

U.S. senator before election

Dick Durbin
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Dick Durbin
Democratic

Democratic primary[53]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dick Durbin (Incumbent) 1,653,833 100.00%
Total votes 1,653,833 100.00%
Republican primary[53]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Sauerberg 395,199 55.62%
Republican Andy Martin 240,548 33.85%
Republican Mike Psak 74,829 10.53%
Total votes 710,576 100.00%
Illinois general[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dick Durbin (Incumbent) 3,615,844 67.84% +7.51%
Republican Steve Sauerberg 1,520,621 28.53% -9.49%
Green Kathy Cummings 119,135 2.24% 0.00%
Libertarian Larry A. Stafford 50,224 0.94% -0.70%
Constitution Chad N. Koppie 24,059 0.45% 0.00%
Majority 2,095,223 39.31% +17.00%
Turnout 5,329,884
Democratic hold Swing

Senate 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."

Physician Steve Sauerberg of La Grange won the February 5 Republican primary.[54] Kathy Cummings, a retired special education teacher was nominated via convention by the Green Party.[55] 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 68% of the vote. Sauerberg had 29%.

Iowa

Iowa election

2002
2014
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Nominee Tom Harkin Christopher Reed
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 941,665 560,006
Percentage 62.66% 37.26%

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County results

U.S. senator before election

Tom Harkin
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Tom Harkin
Democratic

Democratic primary[56]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Harkin (Incumbent) 90,785 98.83%
Democratic Write-ins 1,074 1.17%
Total votes 91,859 100.00%
Republican primary[56]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Christopher Reed 24,964 35.32%
Republican George Eichhorn 24,390 34.52%
Republican Steve Rathje 21,062 29.80%
Republican Write-ins 256 0.36%
Total votes 70,672 100.00%
Iowa general[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Harkin (Incumbent) 941,665 62.66% +8.48%
Republican Christopher Reed 560,006 37.26% -6.52%
Write-ins 1,247 0.08%
Majority 381,659 25.39% +15.00%
Turnout 1,502,918
Democratic hold Swing

In a state that has been trending to the Democratic party recently, senator Tom Harkin faced the Republican nominee, small business owner Christopher Reed, whom he defeated with 63% of the vote to Reed's 37%.

Kansas

Kansas election

2002
2014
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Nominee Pat Roberts Jim Slattery
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 712,396 429,691
Percentage 60.1% 36.5%

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County results

U.S. senator before election

Pat Roberts
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Pat Roberts
Republican

Republican Party primary[57]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pat Roberts (Incumbent) 214,911 100.00%
Total votes 214,911 100.00%
Democratic primary[57]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Slattery 68,106 68.93%
Democratic Lee Jones 30,699 31.07%
Total votes 98,805 100.00%
Kansas general[58]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Pat Roberts (Incumbent) 727,121 60.06% -22.46%
Democratic Jim Slattery 441,399 36.46%
Libertarian Randall Hodgkinson 25,727 2.12% -6.98%
Reform Joseph L. Martin 16,443 1.36% -7.02%
Majority 285,722 23.60% -49.82%
Turnout 1,210,690
Republican hold Swing

Senator Pat Roberts sought re-election 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. Pat Roberts currently has an approval rating of 56%.[59]

Roberts was re-elected with 60% to Slattery's 36%.

Kentucky

Kentucky election

2002
2014
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Nominee Mitch McConnell Bruce Lunsford
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 953,816 847,005
Percentage 53.0% 47.0%

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County results

U.S. senator before election

Mitch McConnell
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Mitch McConnell
Republican

Republican primary[60]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mitch McConnell 168,127 86.09%
Republican Daniel Essek 27,170 13.91%
Total votes 195,297 100.00%
Democratic primary[60]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bruce Lunsford 316,992 51.15%
Democratic Greg Fischer 209,827 33.85%
Democratic David L. Williams 34,363 5.54%
Democratic Michael Cassaro 17,340 2.80%
Democratic Kenneth Stepp 13,451 2.17%
Democratic David Wylie 7,528 1.21%
Democratic James E. Rice 2,365 3.28%
Total votes 619,904 100.00%
Kentucy general[61]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mitch McConnell 953,816 52.97% -11.7%
Democratic Bruce Lunsford 847,005 47.03% +11.7%
Turnout 1,800,821 62.00% +19.2%
Republican hold Swing
Election results by county. Red indicates McConnell led in a county, while blue indicates that Lunsford received more votes. Counties are shaded to indicate the margin of victory.

Democrats 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%.[62]

Businessman and U.S. Army veteran Bruce Lunsford, who lost the 2007 Democratic gubernatorial primary to current Governor Steve Beshear, was the Democratic nominee.

Once thought to be secure in his re-election, McConnell's lead had shrunk dramatically thanks to the financial crisis and polling showed the race tightening between him and Lunsford.[63] Nevertheless, McConnell was re-elected by a margin of 53% to 47%.

Louisiana

Louisiana election

2002
2014
Mary Landrieu, official photo portrait, 2007.jpg John Neely Kennedy official portrait.jpg
Nominee Mary Landrieu John Neely Kennedy
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 988,298 867,177
Percentage 52.1% 45.7%

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Parish results

U.S. senator before election

Mary Landrieu
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Mary Landrieu
Democratic

General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mary Landrieu (Incumbent) 988,298 52.11% +0.41%
Republican John Neely Kennedy 867,177 45.72% -2.58%
Libertarian Richard Fontanesi 18,590 0.98% n/a
Independent Jay Patel 13,729 0.72% n/a
Independent Robert Stewart 8,780 0.46% n/a
Majority 121,121 6.39% +2.99%
Turnout 1,896,574 100.0%
Democratic hold Swing

Incumbent Mary Landrieu was elected in 1996 following a recount and was narrowly re-elected in 2002 in a runoff election. 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 Louisiana. The state has become more Republican over the past 12 years. Louisiana elected David Vitter in 2004, the state's first Republican senator since Reconstruction. 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, Kennedy announced plans to challenge Landrieu in 2008.[64][65]

In the end, Landrieu was re-elected with 52% of the vote, Kennedy having 46%.

Maine

Maine election

2002
2014
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Nominee Susan Collins Tom Allen
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 444,300 279,510
Percentage 61.3% 38.6%

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County results

U.S. senator before election

Susan Collins
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Susan Collins
Republican

2008 Maine U.S. Senate Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Allen 69,932 85.6%
Democratic Tom Ledue 11,795 14.4%
Turnout 81,727
General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Susan Collins 444,300 61.33% +2.9%
Democratic Tom Allen 279,510 38.58% -3.0%
write-ins 620 0.09% n/a
Majority 164,790
Turnout 724,430
Republican hold Swing

In 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 Snowe, 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. Fellow senator Joe Lieberman, citing his status as an independent, endorsed Collins in her 2008 re-election bid.

On May 8, 2007, Rep. Tom Allen (ME-1) announced his candidacy on his website. He had already expressed interest in running and had been building the apparatus necessary to wage a Senate campaign.[66]

Collins won on election day with 61% of the vote, compared to 39% for Allen.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts election

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Nominee John Kerry Jeff Beatty
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,959,843 922,727
Percentage 65.8% 31.0%

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County results

U.S. senator before election

John Kerry
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

John Kerry
Democratic

general election general election general election general election Democratic primary in Massachusetts
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Kerry 335,923 68.92%
Democratic Edward O'Reilly 151,473 31.08%
Turnout 487,396
Results by city and town
General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Kerry (Incumbent) 1,959,843 65.82% -14.2%
Republican Jeff Beatty 922,727 30.99% +30.99%
Libertarian Robert J. Underwood 94,727 3.18% -15.1%
Majority 1,037,116
Turnout 2,977,631
Democratic hold Swing

Incumbent John Kerry sought another Senate term in Massachusetts.[67] 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, a retired Air Force pilot who was closely defeated by now-Representative Niki Tsongas in a 2007 special election, was running against Kerry.[68] 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 Delahunt in 2006. Kerry was challenged by defense attorney Edward O'Reilly for the Democratic nomination, winning 69% of the vote to O'Reilly's 31%.

Kerry won with 66% of the vote to Beatty's 31%. Libertarian Robert J. Underwood had 3%.

Michigan

Michigan election

2002
2014
Carl Levin official portrait.jpg Jackhoogendyk (cropped).jpg
Nominee Carl Levin Jack Hoogendyk
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,038,386 1,641,070
Percentage 62.7% 33.8%

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County results

U.S. senator before election

Carl Levin
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Carl Levin
Democratic

Michigan general[69]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Carl Levin (Incumbent) 3,038,386 62.7% +2.1%
Republican Jack Hoogendyk 1,641,070 33.8% -4.1%
Libertarian Scotty Boman 76,347 1.6% n/a
Green Harley Mikkelson 43,440 0.9% +0.1%
U.S. Taxpayers Michael Nikitin 30,827 0.6% n/a
Natural Law Doug Dern 18,550 0.4% +0.1%
Majority 1,397,316
Turnout 4,848,620
Democratic hold Swing

With the Democratic Party takeover of Capitol Hill in the 2006 midterm elections, senator Carl Levin has become one of the most powerful people in Washington as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was expected[by whom?] to easily win re-election.

Challenging Levin were Republican State Representative Jack Hoogendyk, Green candidate Harley G. Mikkelson, US Taxpayers' candidate Mike Nikitin, Libertarian professor Scotty Boman, and Natural Law's candidate Doug Dern.[70]

Levin won re-election with 63% of the vote, to Hoogendyk's 34%.

Minnesota

Minnesota election

2002
2014
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Nominee Al Franken Norm Coleman Dean Barkley
Party Democratic (DFL) Republican Independence
Popular vote 1,212,629 1,212,317 437,505
Percentage 41.99% 41.98% 15.15%

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County results

U.S. senator before election

Norm Coleman
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Al Franken
Democratic (DFL)

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary[71]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Al Franken 164,136 65.34%
Democratic (DFL) Priscilla Lord Faris 74,655 29.72%
Democratic (DFL) Dick Franson 3,923 1.56%
Democratic (DFL) Bob Larson 3,152 1.25%
Democratic (DFL) Rob Fitzgerald 3,095 1.23%
Democratic (DFL) Ole Savior 1,227 0.49%
Democratic (DFL) Alve Erickson 1,017 0.40%
Turnout 251,205
Independence primary[71]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independence Dean Barkley 6,678 58.88%
Independence Jack Uldrich 1,405 12.39%
Independence Stephen Williams 800 7.05%
Independence Kurt Michael Anderson 761 6.71%
Independence Doug Williams 639 5.63%
Independence Darryl Stanton 618 5.45%
Independence Bill Dahn 440 3.88%
Turnout 11,341
Republican primary[71]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Norm Coleman (Incumbent) 130,973 91.32%
Republican Jack Shepard 12,456 8.68%
Turnout 143,429

2007 year-end reports filed with the Federal Election Commission showed that Al Franken had raised $7.04 million through December 31, 2007 while Norm Coleman had raised $6.24 million. Year-end cash on hand was $6.04 million for Coleman and $3.10 million for Franken.[72]

Opinion polls show Franken narrowing Coleman's lead after the primaries.

General election (Results certified November 18)[73][74][75]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Norm Coleman (Incumbent) 1,211,590 41.988%
Democratic (DFL) Al Franken 1,211,375 41.981%
Independence Dean Barkley 437,404 15.19%
Libertarian Charles Aldrich 13,916 0.48%
Constitution James Niemackl 8,905 0.31%
Write-ins 2,365 0.08%
Plurality 215 0.007%
Turnout 2,885,555

Note: The ±% column reflects the change in total number of votes won by each party from the previous election. Additionally, votes cast for Paul Wellstone in the 2002 election are not factored into the DFL's total from that year.

Recounting ballots by hand in Olmsted County.
Hennepin County ballot paper.
General election (Results certified January 5, 2009)[76][77][78]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Al Franken 1,212,431 41.991%
Republican Norm Coleman (Incumbent) 1,212,206 41.984%
Independence Dean Barkley 437,505 15.15%
Libertarian Charles Aldrich 13,923 0.48%
Constitution James Niemackl 8,907 0.31%
Write-ins 2,365 0.08%
Plurality 225 0.007%
Turnout 2,887,337
General election (Results certified after election contest)[79][76][77][78]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Al Franken 1,212,629 41.994%
Republican Norm Coleman (Incumbent) 1,212,317 41.983%
Independence Dean Barkley 437,505 15.151%
Libertarian Charles Aldrich 13,923 0.48%
Constitution James Niemackl 8,907 0.31%
Write-ins 2,365 0.08%
Plurality 312 0.011%
Turnout 2,887,646
Democratic (DFL) gain from Republican

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 former U.S. senator Dean Barkley, a member of the Independence Party of Minnesota.

A December 2007 poll showed Coleman's approval rating among Minnesota voters at 53%.[80] The seat was heavily targeted by the Democratic 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.[81] Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, a professor at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota), joined the race in October 2007.[82] Attorney Mike Ciresi, an 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 nomination.

Barkley, who had briefly been appointed Senator after the death of Paul Wellstone in 2002, ran under the banner of the Independence Party, the largest third party in Minnesota.[83][84] He was included in most of the debates and ultimately received 15% of the vote in the general election, a strong showing for a third party candidate. It is not clear whether Barkley detracted more votes from Coleman or Franken.

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 complicated matters.

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%, thereby triggering an automatic recount. Barkley received 437,404 votes, about 15% of total votes cast.[85]

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.[86] During the recount process, 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.[87] Coleman appealed this decision.[88] 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.[citation needed] Franken was sworn in as Minnesota's junior senator on July 7.

Mississippi

Mississippi (regular)

Mississippi election
Flag of Mississippi (2001–2020).svg
2002
2014
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Nominee Thad Cochran Erik Fleming
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 766,111 480,915
Percentage 61.4% 38.6%

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County results

U.S. senator before election

Thad Cochran
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Thad Cochran
Republican

Incumbent Republican Thad Cochran announced that he would seek re-election for a sixth term.[89] Cochran, who has not faced serious opposition since he was re-elected in 1984, faced Democratic state Representative Erik R. Fleming, whom he defeated with 61% of the vote.

Mississippi general[90]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Thad Cochran 766,111 61.44% -23.2%
Democratic Erik Fleming 480,915 38.56% n/a
Majority 285,196
Turnout 1,247,026
Republican hold Swing

Mississippi (special)

Mississippi special election
Flag of Mississippi (2001–2020).svg
2006 November 4, 2008 2012
SenatorRogerWicker(R-MS).jpg David Ronald Musgrove.jpg
Nominee Roger Wicker Ronnie Musgrove
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 683,409 560,064
Percentage 55.0% 45.0%

Mississippi Special Special Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results

U.S. senator before election

Roger Wicker
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Roger Wicker
Republican

Roger Wicker, formerly the representative of Mississippi's 1st congressional district, was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour on December 31, 2007, to fill the vacancy caused by the December 18 resignation of Trent Lott.[91][92] 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.[92] 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.[93] Initially, a Mississippi Circuit Court judge sided with Hood, ruling that the election take place on or before March 19, 2008.[94] However, Barbour filed an appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court, which overturned the earlier ruling and set the special election for November 4, 2008.[95][96]

Democratic former Governor Ronnie Musgrove challenged Wicker. Another Democrat, former Congressman Ronnie Shows, also filed to run, but he withdrew in February 2008 and endorsed Musgrove.[97][98] Wicker beat Musgrove 55% to 45%.

2008 Mississippi U.S. Senate special election[99]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roger Wicker 683,409 54.96% -8.6%
Democratic Ronnie Musgrove 560,064 45.04% +9.9%
Majority 123,345
Turnout 1,243,473
Republican hold Swing

Montana

Montana election

2002
2014
Max S Baucus.jpg Bob Kelleher (cropped).jpg
Nominee Max Baucus Robert Kelleher
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 345,937 128,762
Percentage 72.9% 27.1%

Montana Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results

U.S. senator before election

Max Baucus
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Max Baucus
Democratic

Senator Max Baucus was a popular Democrat in Montana, representing a state that has long been fairly Republican but also receptive to Democrats in state and local elections. President Bush won Montana by more than 20 points in both 2000 and 2004, but Montana also had a popular Democratic governor, Brian Schweitzer, and a newly elected Democratic junior senator, Jon Tester. 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.[100]

Baucus easily won re-election, taking 73% of the vote, with Kelleher taking 27%.

Democratic Party primary[101]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Max Baucus (Incumbent) 165,050 100.00%
Total votes 165,050 100.00%
Republican Party primary[101]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Kelleher 26,936 36.32%
Republican Michael Lange 17,044 22.98%
Republican Kirk Bushman 15,507 20.91%
Republican Patty Lovaas 7,632 10.29%
Republican Anton Pearson 4,257 5.74%
Republican Shay Joshua Garnett 2,788 3.76%
Total votes 74,164 100.00%
Montana general[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Max Baucus 348,289 72.92% +10.18%
Republican Bob Kelleher 129,369 27.08% -4.65%
Majority 218,920 45.84% +14.84%
Turnout 477,658
Democratic hold Swing

Nebraska

Nebraska election

2002
2014
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Nominee Mike Johanns Scott Kleeb
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 455,854 317,456
Percentage 57.5% 40.1%

Nebraska Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results

U.S. senator before election

Chuck Hagel
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Mike Johanns
Republican

In Nebraska, incumbent Republican Chuck Hagel chose to retire rather than run for a third term.

Former Governor Mike Johanns, who recently resigned as Agriculture Secretary, was the Republican nominee, having defeated opponent Pat Flynn 87-13 in the primary. Scott Kleeb, 2006 candidate for Nebraska's 3rd congressional district, defeated businessman Tony Raimondo, a former Republican, by a wide margin in the Democratic primary.

Nebraska state Green Party Co-Chairman Steve Larrick was also a candidate,[102] as was Kelly Rosberg of the Nebraska Party.

Johanns won, taking 58% of the vote, with Kleeb taking 40%

Republican primary[103]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Johanns 112,191 78.61%
Republican Pat Flynn 31,560 21.12%
Total votes 143,751 100.00%
Democratic primary[103]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Scott Kleeb 65,582 68.37%
Democratic Tony Raimondo 24,141 25.17%
Democratic James Bryan Wilson 3,224 3.36%
Democratic Larry Marvin 2,672 2.80%
Total votes 95,919 100.00%
Green Party primary[103]
Party Candidate Votes %
Green Steve Larrick 123 100.00%
Total votes 123 100.00%
Nebraska Party primary[103]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nebraska Barry Richards 209 100.00%
Total votes 209 100.00%
General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Johanns 455,854 57.5% -25.2%
Democratic Scott Kleeb 317,456 40.1% +25.5%
Nebraska Kelly Renee Rosberg 11,438 1.4% n/a
Green Steve Larrick 7,763 1.0% n/a
Majority 138,398
Turnout 792,511
Republican hold Swing

New Hampshire

New Hampshire election

2002
2014
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Nominee Jeanne Shaheen John E. Sununu
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 358,438 314,403
Percentage 51.6% 45.3%

New Hampshire Senate Election Results by County, 2008.svg
County results

U.S. senator before election

John E. Sununu
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Jeanne Shaheen
Democratic

Incumbent Republican John E. Sununu represented the swing state of New Hampshire. The 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 and Senate, 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 1975.

Sununu's 2002 opponent, former Governor Jeanne Shaheen, decided to run and was generally considered to be a very formidable challenger.[104] Three consecutive monthly Rasmussen Reports poll showed Shaheen defeating Sununu by 49% to 41%.[105] Prior to Shaheen's entry, Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand,[106] Katrina Swett, wife of former Democratic congressman Richard Swett,[107] and former astronaut Jay Buckey[108] had announced that they were running for the Democratic nomination. After Shaheen's entry, however, all three withdrew and endorsed the former governor.

On election day, Shaheen defeated Sununu, 52% to 45%.

Shaheen, the Democratic choice, at a rally in the lead-up to the election.
Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jeanne Shaheen 43,968 88.5%
Democratic Raymond Stebbins 5,281 10.6%
write-ins 407 0.8%
Turnout 49,656
Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Sununu 60,852 88.7%
Republican Tom Alciere 7,084 10.3%
write-ins 685 1.0%
Turnout 68,621