How many Senate seats are up for election in 2010?

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  1. swordfishME

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    Normally one third of the Senate (33-34 seats) are up for re-election in any given year but this year we have already had many incumbent Senators quit and be replaced by apointees who will have to run again in 2010. So making a list of all of the Senate seats up in 2010

    The 33 that were up for re-election
    Barrack Obama
    Joe Biden
    Hillary Clinton
    Ken Salazaar

    Judd Gregg does not count (if he is offered and accepts Commerce) because he was up for re-election anyway.

    Have I left anyone off the list?
     
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    Bang-up job. A couple of minor quibbles:


    • There are 34 members of Senate Class III.
    • Like Judd Gregg, Barack Obama and Ken Salazar were also members of Class III.
    So, as of right now, there are 36 elections scheduled: the 34 elections plus elections for the remainders of Hillary Clinton's and Joe Biden's term.

    And then (this is weird and crazy): There are two special elections in Illinois and Colorado (and possibly one in New Hampshire) to cover just the few weeks between November 2010 and January 2011.
     
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    Thanks, Mindseye!

    That is Crazy- so it is possible for say K. Gillibrand to win the election but loose the special election and not be a Senator for a few weeks!
     
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    Gillibrand's in New York, so there's a two-year gap between the November elections in 2010 and the start of the next term.

    But it'd be possible in Illinois and Colorado for voters to elect one person to represent them for just a few weeks, and a different person to represent them from that point on.

    In fact, that happened in Texas in 2006. After Tom Delay withdrew from his re-election bid in TX-22, voters elected Shelley Sekula-Gibbs to represent them from November to January, and Nick Lampson to represent them from that point on.
     
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