While some of their colleagues have to stay focused on their own tight races, congressional leaders have a little more leeway to hit the campaign trail for other candidates.
Here's a look at what leaders from both chambers have been up to during the campaign recess.
CORRECTION: Earlier versrsions of a photo caption gave the wrong leadership title for Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. He is Senate minority leader.
Vice President Joe Biden hugs Senate majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., before speaking at a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Oct. 18.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., chats with two women who were among about 100 young professionals who came to hear him speak on Oct. 19 in Louisville, Ky.(AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (left), Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (center) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., celebrate after the Amtrak train they are riding reached 110 mph during a test run between Dwight and Pontiac, Ill., on Oct. 19.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Retiring Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., speaks at a town hall meeting to discuss the nation's debt on Oct. 19 in Sun City, Ariz. Rep. Jeff Flake (right) is running for his seat.(AP Photo/Matt York)(AP Photo/Matt York)
Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., react to cheers from at a rally on Oct. 18 in Las Vegas.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Meredith College student Moriah Webster gets an autograph from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, after a rally in Raleigh, N.C. on Oct. 13.(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Boehner speaks with volunteers Randy Fenske (left) and Danielle Wilburn between their calls at the GOP NC Victory call center in Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 13(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Sen. Harry Reid (left) and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar answer questions during a news conference on Oct. 12 in Las Vegas after announcing a plan that sets aside 285,000 acres of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Former President Clinton (center)is greeted by Reid and Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., while campaigning for President Obama on Oct. 9.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stumps for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Oct. 8 in Derry, N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., (left) greets House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia during a rally at the airport in Richmond, Va., on Aug. 31.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)