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Approaching the Finish Line

November 1, 2008

With nearly twice as many Senate seats to defend as the Democrats need to protect, the GOP is being dragged down by an extraordinarily unpopular president, a quintet of retirements, fundraising problems, a severe economic crisis, and an incumbent convicted of seven felony counts of corruption.

23 Republican-Held Seats

Gone (3) CO OPEN (Wayne Allard) NM OPEN (Pete Domenici) VA OPEN (John Warner)

Almost Gone (1) AK Ted Stevens

 

Highly Vulnerable (6) GA Saxby Chambliss MN Norm Coleman MS Roger Wicker NH John Sununu NC Elizabeth Dole OR Gordon Smith

Vulnerable (1) KY Mitch McConnell

PROBABLY Safe (1) ME Susan Collins

Safe (11) AL Jeff Sessions ID OPEN (Larry Craig) KS Pat Roberts MS Thad Cochran NE OPEN (Chuck Hagel) OK James Inhofe SC Lindsey Graham TN Lamar Alexander TX John Cornyn WY Michael Enzi WY John Barrasso

12 Democratic-Held Seats

Vulnerable (1) LA Mary Landrieu

Probably safe (1) SD Tim Johnson

Safe (10) AR Mark Pryor DE Joe Biden IL Richard Durbin IA Tom Harkin MA John Kerry MI Carl Levin MT Max Baucus NJ Frank Lautenberg RI Jack Reed WV Jay Rockefeller

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