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Since Tuesday will mark the most active day this primary election season, with residents from 11 states heading to the polls to select which House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates they want to see in the general elections, set for Nov. 2, I thought I might run down where we’re at right now. On Tuesday, votes will be taking place in California, Arkansas, South Carolina, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota and Virginia.
Obviously, as the general election nears, the big question is whether Democrats will continue to hold majorities in both houses of Congress. The New York Times in this graphic estimates whether each of the 435 up for grabs in the House and 36 in the Senate are either solidly Democrat, solidly Republican, toss-ups or leaning one way or the other. In the House, 114 seats fall outside of the solid category and are either leaning toward the Reps or Dems or are toss-ups. On the Republican side, 164 will most likely stay red, and on the Democratic side, 157 will most likely stay blue. The party with 218 seats will have a majority.
In the Senate, 17 seats are uncertain. Forty-eight are solidly for Democratic and 35 are solidly Republican.
Here is how the 11 primaries set for Tuesday break down:
- Arkansas — House, toss-up; Senate, leaning Rep
- California — House, solid Dem; leaning Dem
- Iowa — House, leaning Dem; Senate, solid Rep
- Maine — House, solid Dem
- Montana — House, solid Dem
- Nevada — House, solid Dem; Senate, leaning Rep
- New Jersey — House, solid Dem
- North Dakota — House, toss-up; Senate, solid Rep
- South Carolina — House, leaning Rep/Senate, solid Rep
- South Dakota — house, leaning Dem/Senate, solid Rep
- Virginia — House, solid Rep
In addition, all but 13 states will vote in new or returning governors. These races seem more contested, with only seven solidly Rep or Dem. Thirty are listed as toss-ups.
Needless to say, this election could be critical as to whether President Obama can get any other major initiatives passed during his remaining tenure. Already, the health care bill barely passed without a single nod of approval from the right, that would be to say, in spite of Republicans. If the right captures a majority in either house, future measures, including energy or immigration reform, could be doomed before they get hatched.
NPR has a large collection of stories covering many aspects of the primaries, including the rise of anti-government and anti-incumbent sentiment that has swept, interestingly but not surprisingly, a number of Republican women, in Palin’s wake, into the fray, with 14 women on the right already headed for battles for Senate seats. Here’s a feature on that topic.