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2012 Senate Races

Former GOP Rep: 'Republicans Love People Who Have Money'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) learned a lesson that he "didn't like" when he was crushed by Republican businesswoman Linda McMahon in a 2012 senat...

Adam Carlson

Democrats Favored to Retain Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Adam Carlson | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Election Day arrives, Democrats are in a strong position to maintain their majority in the Senate. But for much of 2012, Democratic c...

Oil Plays Key Role In Swing Senate Race

AP | DALE WETZEL | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

MANNING, N.D. -- Shirley Meyer grew up on a ranch north of Dickinson, N.D., and has represented her rural district in the state House for a decade. Bu...

Adam Carlson

Mourdock's Support Slips in Indiana

HuffingtonPost.com | Adam Carlson | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

Two new independent polls of the Indiana Senate race show Richard Mourdock (R) losing significant ground to his opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), ...

Top GOP Senator Cold On Potential Senate Takeover

Politico | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, who is retiring at the end of the year, gave a frank assessment of the GOP’s chances of taking control of the chamber....

Adam Carlson

Nebraska Senate Race May Be Competitive

HuffingtonPost.com | Adam Carlson | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

Up until this week, state Sen. Deb Fischer (R) seemed headed to a decisive victory against former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) in the race for the open U.S. Se...

Dems Senate Hopes Are High Here

AP | ANDREW MIGA and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democrats are counting on their New England friends to help them pick up Republican-held Senate seats on Nov. 6 and construct a bar...

No Revival: Kerrey Faces Big Struggle In Heated Race

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON and MARGERY A. BECK | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

OMAHA, Neb. -- Democrats hoped Nebraska's Senate race would be the story of Bob Kerrey's political revival. Instead, the emergence of Republican Deb F...

Adam Carlson

Late Blunders May Hurt Candidates In Tossup Senate Races

HuffingtonPost.com | Adam Carlson | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

Blunders by candidates in two pivotal Senate races over the past week could end up putting their campaigns in jeopardy, in turn affecting the overall ...

Dems On Their Candidate: 'It's Pretty Sad'

The Washington Post | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

WHITES CREEK, Tenn. — The Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee has no campaign headquarters, a fundraising drive stuck at $278 and on...

Presidential Races Buffet Fight For Senate Control

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The party that runs the Senate next year may be decided by how well President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney do in toss-up states lik...

LISTEN: Todd Akin Compares Claire McCaskill To A Dog

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

With a little more than two weeks until Election Day, GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin's Saturday fundraiser was highlighted by a questionable analogy. ...

Adam Carlson

Massachusetts Senate Race Shifts Toward Warren

HuffingtonPost.com | Adam Carlson | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, Elizabeth Warren now appears to be the slight favorite to defeat Sen. Scott Brown ...

Group Finds New Way To Remind Of 'Legitimate Rape'

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A pro-Democratic group is mailing talking brochures to Missouri homes with an audio clip of Republican Senate candidate Todd Ak...

Big Cash Flying Everywhere In Key Senate Races

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican candidates for the Senate in conservative-leaning states generally outraised their Democratic opponents in the latest fundrai...

Nebraska Senate Race Gets Personal

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

Nebraska Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey is attempting to use a neighborhood dispute to close the gap with Republican rival Deb Fischer. Ker...

Chris Christie: GOP Senate Candidate Is 'More Popular' Than Mitt

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

At the local level, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to have more stock in GOP Senate candidate Joe Kyrillos than GOP presidential hopeful Mitt ...

Candidates Dodge Tough Questions On Prickly Issues

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Curious what Virginia Republican Senate candidate George Allen thinks about his own party's law that forces women seeking abortions...

Adam Carlson

Romney's Lonely Debate Bounce

HuffingtonPost.com | Adam Carlson | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's bounce from the first presidential debate in Denver last week has not significantly affected many of the key races that will decide whic...

North Carolina Senate Candidate Wields Transvaginal Probe At Opponent

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

North Carolina state Senate candidate Deb Butler (D) released a new ad attacking incumbent Republican state Sen. Thom Goolsby, featuring Butler wieldi...

'Holy Catfish': Maine Residents React To Senate Surprise

AP | DAVID SHARP | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine has always been proud of the commodities it claims as homegrown, among them Stephen King, L.L. Bean, lobster, and a host...

Poll Finds Mixed Bag For Elizabeth Warren

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics

Entering the final month of campaigning, support among likely voters continues to be there for Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D). Fa...

GOP Senate Candidates Turn To 2010 Playbook

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For critical Senate races, Republicans are turning to the playbook that served them so well in the 2010 elections. They're saturating th...

Adam Carlson

Polls: Republicans Still Far From Senate Majority

HuffingtonPost.com | Adam Carlson | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the exception of Connecticut, where a new poll released on Thursday indicates a very close race for the open Senate seat being vaca...

Todd Akin Aide Defends 'Ladylike' Comment

BuzzFeed | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

Washington, D.C. — Republicans close to Rep. Todd Akin dismissed his apparent weakness among female voters as a matter of "optics" and see their pat...