November 17, 2008 -- Democrats gained two US Senate seats in the South this year, three if Jim Martin (D) defeats US Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) in the December 2 runoff. In two years, however, the GOP will have little opportunity to reverse the Democratic trend in Dixie's senate delegation. Of the nine Southern members of the US Senate up for re-election in 2010, eight are Republicans, only one, Arkansas's Blanche Lincoln, is a Democrat. So numbers alone indicate that the Democrats have a major advantage going into the next election two years from now.
The political battlefield may have a set of issues heavily favoring one party or the other in 2010. Much will depend on the record of incoming President Barack Obama, particularly the state of the economy in 2010 and how he will have handled any national security problems that may arise before then. Nevertheless, some factors on the political landscape already give early indications of what might happen in two years.
Here is a thumbnail rundown of the prospects for the US Senate races in 2010.