While the presidential race attracts outsized attention on Election Day, the battle for control of Congress is also being waged in hundreds of races across the country, as Democrats hope to gain control of the Senate and expand their lead in the House.
Republicans currently hold a slim 53-47 majority in the upper chamber, and Democrats are hoping to recapture the majority for the first time since 2015. The 2016 presidential election was the first presidential election in modern history where all of the states’ Senate races went towards the same party as the presidential winner in that state.
There are 23 Republican seats up for grabs in the Senate this year, as opposed to just 13 Democratic-held seats. Three Democratic challengers shattered the fundraising record for a Senate challenger in a three-month period: South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison, Maine’s Sara Gideon and Arizona’s Mark Kelly. Gideon and Kelly are taking on two of the most vulnerable Republicans, Senators Susan Collins and Martha McSally.
Democrats are also hoping to increase their majority in the House and add to their current 35-seat advantage.
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