"This is nothing more than a press stunt for CNN that cries out 'Pay attention to us!'," said Everett Wilkinson, an organizer with the South Florida Tea Party, who said there's been talk in tea party circles about protesting the debate, or even infiltrating it.
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
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* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.