2014 Election
 
 
 
2014 Midterm Elections  
   

Alabama Elections Alabama Alabama Senate seat held by Republican Jeff Sessions
Alaska Elections Alaska Alaska Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich +6
Arkansas Elections Arkansas Arkansas Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Pryor +1
Colorado Elections Colorado Colorado Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Udall -6
Delaware Elections Delaware Delaware Senate seat held by Democrat Chris Coons +18
Georgia Elections Georgia Georgia Senate seat held by Republican Saxby Chambliss +8
Idaho Elections Idaho Idaho Senate seat held by Republican Jim Risch +31
Illinois Elections Illinois Illinois Senate seat held by Democrat Dick Durbin +13
Iowa Elections Iowa Iowa Senate seat held by Democrat Tom Harkin even
Kansas Elections Kansas Kansas Senate seat held by Republican Pat Roberts +4
Kentucky Elections Kentucky Kentucky Senate seat held by Republican Mitch McConnell +6
Louisiana Elections Louisiana Louisiana Senate seat held by Democrat Mary Landrieu -4
Maine Elections Maine Maine Senate seat held by Republican Susan Collins +19
Massachusetts Elections Massachusetts Massachusetts Senate seat held by Democrat Ed Markey +22
Michigan Elections Michigan Michigan Senate seat held by Democrat Carl Levin +8
Minnesota Elections Minnesota Minnesota Senate seat held by Democrat Al Franken +10
Mississippi Elections Mississippi Mississippi Senate seat held by Republican Thad Cochran +22
Montana Elections Montana Montana Senate seat held by Democrat Max Baucus -18
Nebraska Elections Nebraska Nebraska Senate seat held by Republican Mike Johanns +29
New Hampshire Elections New Hampshire New Hampshire Senate seat held by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen +5
New Jersey Elections New Jersey New Jersey Senate seat held by Democrat Frank Lautenberg +12
New Mexico Elections New Mexico New Mexico Senate seat held by Democrat Tom Udall +16
North Carolina Elections North Carolina North Carolina Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan +3
Oklahoma Elections Oklahoma Oklahoma Senate seat held by Republican Jim Inhofe +34
Oregon Elections Oregon Oregon Senate seat held by Democrat Jeff Merkley +12
Rhode Island Elections Rhode Island Rhode Island Senate seat held by Democrat Jack Reed +45
South Carolina Elections South Carolina South Carolina Senate seat held by Republican Lindsey Graham +15
South Dakota Elections South Dakota South Dakota Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Johnson -13
Tennessee Elections Tennessee Tennessee Senate seat held by Republican Lamar Alexander +22
Texas Elections Texas Texas Senate seat held by Republican John Cornyn +22
Virginia Elections Virginia Virginia Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Warner +10
West Virginia Elections West Virginia West Virginia Senate seat held by Democrat Jay Rockefeller -22
Wyoming Elections Wyoming Wyoming Senate seat held by Republican Mike Enzi +40

Hawaii Elections Hawaii Hawaii Senate seat held by Democrat Brian Schatz +54
Oklahoma Elections Oklahoma Oklahoma Senate seat held by Republican Tom Coburn +34
South Carolina Elections South Carolina South Carolina Senate seat held by Republican Tim Scott +29

Alabama Elections Alabama Alabama gubernatorial seat held by Republican Robert Bentley +38
Alaska Elections Alaska Alaska gubernatorial seat held by Republican Sean Parnell +3
Arizona Elections Arizona Arizona gubernatorial seat held by Republican Jan Brewer +10
Arkansas Elections Arkansas Arkansas gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Mike Beebe +2
California Elections California California gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Jerry Brown +18
Colorado Elections Colorado Colorado gubernatorial seat held by Democrat John Hickenlooper -5
Connecticut Elections Connecticut Connecticut gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Dan Malloy even
Florida Elections Florida Florida gubernatorial seat held by Republican Rick Scott +2.5
Georgia Elections Georgia Georgia gubernatorial seat held by Republican Nathan Deal +6
Hawaii Elections Hawaii Hawaii gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Neil Abercrombie +32
Idaho Elections Idaho Idaho gubernatorial seat held by Republican Butch Otter +18
Illinois Elections Illinois Illinois gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Pat Quinn +4
Iowa Elections Iowa Iowa gubernatorial seat held by Republican Terry Branstad +13
Kansas Elections Kansas Kansas gubernatorial seat held by Republican Sam Brownback +3
Maine Elections Maine Maine gubernatorial seat held by Republican Paul LePage even
Maryland Elections Maryland Maryland gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Martin O'Malley +13
Massachusetts Elections Massachusetts Massachusetts gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Deval Patrick +4
Michigan Elections Michigan Michigan gubernatorial seat held by Republican Rick Snyder -1
Minnesota Elections Minnesota Minnesota gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Mark Dayton +9
Nebraska Elections Nebraska Nebraska gubernatorial seat held by Republican Dave Heineman +20
Nevada Elections Nevada Nevada gubernatorial seat held by Republican Brian Sandoval +25
New Hampshire Elections New Hampshire New Hampshire gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Maggie Hassan +9
New Mexico Elections New Mexico New Mexico gubernatorial seat held by Republican Susana Martinez +12
New York Elections New York New York gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Andrew Cuomo +25
Ohio Elections Ohio Ohio gubernatorial seat held by Republican John Kasich +19
Oklahoma Elections Oklahoma Oklahoma gubernatorial seat held by Republican Mary Fallin +24
Oregon Elections Oregon Oregon gubernatorial seat held by Democrat John Kitzhaber +6
Pennsylvania Elections Pennsylvania Pennsylvania gubernatorial seat held by Republican Tom Corbett -13
Rhode Island Elections Rhode Island Rhode Island gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Lincoln Chafee +5
South Carolina Elections South Carolina South Carolina gubernatorial seat held by Republican Nikki Haley +17
South Dakota Elections South Dakota South Dakota gubernatorial seat held by Republican Dennis Daugaard +26
Tennessee Elections Tennessee Tennessee gubernatorial seat held by Republican Bill Haslam +28
Texas Elections Texas Texas gubernatorial seat held by Republican Rick Perry +20
Vermont Elections Vermont Vermont gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Peter Shumlin +12
Wisconsin Elections Wisconsin Wisconsin gubernatorial seat held by Republican Scott Walker +1
Wyoming Elections Wyoming Wyoming gubernatorial seat held by Republican Matt Mead +25



The United States midterm general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The 2014 election will offer the governorship of 36 states, 36 seats on the U.S. Senate and 435 seats on the U.S. House of Representatives.

Traditionally, midterm elections tend to go heavily against the party of sitting presidents, more so during the second midterm of a presidency (sixth year). In the past 100 years, all second midterms, with the exception of 1998, saw the opposition party gaining seats in the Senate, House and state governorships.

With the House still firmly in the control of the Republican Party, a six seat swing in the now Democratic-majority Senate would hand control of both chambers to the GOP - effectively tying the hands of President Barack Obama for the last two years of his second term in office. Alternatively, a 17-seat swing in favor of the Democrats in the House would grant President Obama the support of the entire Congress.







The Construct and Mechanics of the U.S. Senate

The United States Senate, alongside the U.S. House of Representatives, is part of the United States Congress, the legislative branch of the federal government. Article One (Section 1 and Section 3) of the U.S. Constitution provides for the establishment, composition and election process of the U.S. Senate. 

The U.S. Senate is headed by the Vice President of the United States, in his capacity as the President of the Senate, or in his absence, a President pro tempore. The person holds no direct vote in Senate proceedings, unless there is a tie. 

Conceptually, the Senate is meant to preserve and defend the Union, as opposed to the House, which is tasked with preserving the rights and privileges of the states. Constitutionally, the Senate is charged with ratifying treaties, approving presidential appointments, and judging impeachment cases. 

Senators, two from each state, must be citizens of the United States for no less than nine years at the time of his/her election, must be at least 30 years of age, and must be a resident of the state they represent. Prior to the ratification of the 17th Amendment on April 8, 1913, U.S. Senators were elected by state legislatures. However, Senators today are elected directly by the states’ citizens. 

The term of office for each of the 100 Senators is six years. However, in order to preserve an element of continuity and prevent the development of power blocs inside the Senate, Senators are divided into three classes, and the elections of each class are conducted every two years. 

To ensure the continuous representation of each state in the Senate, no two state senators belong in the same class. In the event of deaths, impeachments and resignations, state governors (except the governors of Alaska, Oregon, and Wisconsin) are required to appoint an interim senator until a special election, or the next scheduled election, is held. 


Election date
The will be held on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.


2014 Senatorial Election Map

    Click on State for Races, Candidates and Dates


Senator Classes in the United States

The 100 U.S. Senators are divided into three equal classes, each consisting of between 33 to 34 Senators. 

• Class 1: 
Comprising of Senators whose terms begins in January 2013, and ends in January 2019

• Class 2: 
Comprising of Senators whose terms begins in January 2009, and ends in January 2015

• Class 3:
Comprising of Senators whose terms begins in January 2011, and ends in January 2017

The 2014 senatorial election will feature thirty-three Class 2 Senators, along with three Class 3 seats formerly held by Senator Jim DeMint, Senator Tom Coburn and the late Senator Daniel Inouye of South Carolina, Oklahoma and Hawaii respectively.

 


Balance of Power in the United States Senate


  Democratic Party Republican Party Independents
Current Senate Composition 53 45 21
       
 Contested 2014 Senate seats 20 13
 Contested 2014 Special Senate seats 1 2
Total Contested 2014 Senate Seats 21 15 0
 Incumbents retiring or term-limited 4 3  
 Incumbents running 17 12  
       
  Uncontested Senate races   1  
Leading in Senate race by 16% or more Retaining Senate seat by 16 points or more 5 10
Leading in Senate race by 11% to 15% Retaining Senate seat by 11 to 15 points 3 1
Leading in Senate race by 6% to 10% Retaining Senate seat by 6 to 10 points 4 2
Leading in Senate race by 5% or less Retaining Senate seat by 5 points or less 3 1
Even Senate races Senate race even in the polls 1
trailing in Senate race by 5% or less Losing Senate seat by 5 points or less 1
trailing in Senate race by 6% to 10% Losing Senate seat by 6 to 10 points 1
trailing in Senate race by 11% to 15% Losing Senate seat by 11 to 15 points 1
trailing in Senate race by 16% or more Losing Senate seat by 16 points or more 2
       
Total Net Gain / Loss -6 5
       
Potential New Senatorial Composition 46 51 2
Note: One Senate Race is dead even in the polls Democratic Party Republican Party Independents
       
Note: Totals are based on the latest Senate race polls from each state. Polls do not necessarily reflect true opinions, largely due to sampling errors and bias in the selection of likely voters.
 
1 Both Independent Senators, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, currently caucus with the Democrats.






The Governor's Chronicle: 2014 Edition


The position of Governor in the United States dates back from the pre-independence period, when the British crown appointed Royal Governors to oversee and manage its interest in the colonies. Aided by a Privy Council, the office of the Royal Governor is viewed as possessing direct royal authority, backed by the might of the British Navy. The office grew gradually in strength and importance, and its authority expanded from trade and customs regulations to judicial matters and the enforcement of royal policies. By the early 18th century, provincial assemblies were created to further strengthen the executive authority of the Royal Governors, which by the middle of the century, had grown to eight. These assemblies also provided a measure of control against any possible abuses of power by the Royal Governors.

After independence, the office of Governor was established by the original 13 states to act as the chief executive of the local government. While there were several federal appointments during the early days of independence, the responsibility was soon taken over by state legislatures. Towards the middle of the 19th century, the elections of governors were decided by the citizenry, a practice that continues today. However, the individual states’ requirement and political evolution have rendered the process, criterion and scope of authority of the governors considerably varied.

Today, each of the 50 states elects a governor to lead the local government. While the role of governors is largely ceremonial, they are also seen as a symbol of the sovereignty of the states within the construct of the federal union.

These governors generally serve a four-year term, with the exception of New Hampshire and Vermont, where the term is only two years. However, in 13 American states, a governor may serve for an unlimited number of terms. Other states allow between one to four terms, although some have limitations on consecutive terms.

Gubernatorial elections are governed by the constitution of the individual states. In 2014, the citizens of 36 states will be going to the voting booth to elect their governors.


2014 Gubernatorial Election Map

Democratic held gubernatorial seat seat up for election (14)
Republican held gubernatorial seat up for election (22)
Independent held gubernatorial seat up for election (0)
Gubernatorial seat is not up for election in 2014 (14)


 


United States Gubernatorial Balance of Power


  Democratic Party Republican Party Independents
Current Gubernatorial Composition 21 29 0
       
 Contested 2014 Gubernatorial seats 14 22
 Incumbents retiring or term-limited 4 3  
 Incumbents running 101 19  
       
  Uncontested Senate races   1  
Safe Senate Races Retaining seat by 16 points or more 3 11
Safe Senate Races Retaining seat by 11 to 15 points 2 2
Safe Senate Races Retaining seat by 6 to 10 points 3 2
Safe Senate Races Retaining seat by 5 points or less 4 4
Even Senate races Gubernatorial race even in the polls 1 1
Safe Senate Races Losing seat by 5 points or less 1 1
Safe Senate Races Losing seat by 6 to 10 points
Safe Senate Races Losing seat by 11 to 15 points 1
Safe Senate Races Losing seat by 16 points or more
       
Total Net Gain / Loss 1 -1
       
Potential New Gubernatorial Composition2 21 27 0
Note: Two Gubernatorial Races are dead even in the polls Democratic Party Republican Party Independents
       
 
1 Governor Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii was defeated in the democratic primary.
2 Totals are based on the latest Senate race poll in each state. Polls do not necessarily reflect true opinions, largely due to sampling errors and bias in the selection of likely voters.