Democrats have recruited a strong candidate in Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, and the DSCC is proud to support her campaign. Rep. Kirkpatrick has built a strong reputation as a commonsense leader who works across the aisle to fight for Arizona families, and she is the strongest candidate to win this seat.
John Boozman has recently faced criticism from national Republicans following lackluster polling and fundraising numbers. Democrats have recruited a strong candidate in Conner Eldridge, a former U.S. Attorney who worked to keep Arkansas communities safe from violent crime and drug trafficking. Eldridge is an outstanding public servant, and the DSCC is proud to support his campaign.
Democrats are well-positioned to retain the California Senate seat and continue Senator Barbara Boxer’s legacy of leading on the issues that matter most for working families. California has a “top two” election system meaning that the top two vote winners in the primary will move on to the general election, regardless of their party affiliation. Republicans have not won a Senate race in California since 1988. State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez are running for the open seat.
Michael Bennet has used his background in business and public service to champion issues that are important to Colorado's middle class families, including immigration, small business support, and education. Not only has Colorado gone blue in the last two Presidential elections, but Bennet won a tough statewide race during an incredibly difficult 2010 cycle. Republicans struggled for months to find a candidate to challenge Bennet, and after their preferred candidates passed on the race, they are now left with a field of second and third-tier candidates.
After serving an unprecedented five terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal entered the Senate with a long record of fighting for people against large and powerful special interests, and he has continued to build that record during his first term in the Senate. Blumenthal now serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, a post that allows him to advocate on behalf of our nation’s honored veterans who deserve nothing less than the very best. Connecticut is a reliably blue state, having comfortably elected Senator Blumenthal by double digits in a rough 2010 cycle, and Democrats look forward to another successful reelection.
Florida represents one of our best pickup opportunities, and Republicans have a crowded, messy primary on their hands in the Sunshine State. Democrats won a competitive Senate race in Florida decisively in 2012. Patrick Murphy’s record of fighting for Florida’s working families, seniors and the environment make him the strongest candidate to win the Florida Senate race and flip the seat.
Johnny Isakson has spent his entire career in lock step with Washington Republicans and could face a stiff challenge in Georgia, which has trended blue in Presidential election years. Despite the overwhelming GOP wave of 2014, Democrats took 45% of the vote in the Georgia Senate race. Democrat Jim Barksdale is poised to capitalize on the state's changing demographics and the Presidential year electorate.
Brian Schatz has committed his career to advocating on behalf of Hawaiians' best interests. Having won his 2014 special election by more than 40 points, Schatz is well prepared to win in 2016 to continue his work building a clean energy economy, supporting our seniors and veterans, and representing Native Hawaiians.
Entrenched Republican Mike Crapo has earned a reputation as one of Washington's most partisan Senators. Democratic candidate Jerry Sturgill is pledging to use his business background to deliver smart solutions for Idaho.
Democrats have a prime pickup opportunity in Illinois, where Republican Mark Kirk faces steep odds. A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, Tammy Duckworth has worked tirelessly on behalf of veterans and all Illinois families. She has served with distinction as a member of Congress, and the DSCC is proud to support her campaign for the Senate.
The race to replace 81 year-old Republican Chuck Grassley took on added importance in early 2016, when Grassley joined Mitch McConnell in refusing to allow a hearing for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Former Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge has announced her candidacy for the seat, and the DSCC is excited to endorse her in this crucial contest.
Tea Party hero Rand Paul made Kentucky a prime pickup opportunity after treating his Senate seat as a “consolation prize” while he pursued a longshot presidential campaign. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has a proven track record of putting the needs of his constituents first, and the DSCC is excited to support his campaign for Senate.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen is well-positioned to continue Senator Barbara Mikulski’s long legacy of fighting for Maryland in the Senate. He is an outstanding public servant who is a proven champion for Maryland’s middle class families. Republicans haven’t won a Senate race in Maryland since 1980, and with a strong candidate like Van Hollen, Democrats are confident we will retain this seat.
Democrats have a strong candidate for the Missouri Senate race in Secretary of State Jason Kander. Jason's experience serving his country in Afghanistan as an officer in the U.S. Army and his time in the General Assembly and Secretary of State's office leaves him well equipped to fight for Missouri's families. That’s a strong contrast with Republican Senator Roy Blunt who has spent decades in Washington serving the special interests instead of Missouri families.
The Silver state went blue in the last two presidential elections, and Democrats won a Senate race in Nevada by 5 points in 2010 despite the tough election cycle. Democrats have a strong candidate in former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. Cortez Masto’s strong record and reputation will power her campaign to victory and ensure the seat stays in Democratic hands.
Governor Maggie Hassan has built a record as a bipartisan problem solver who works across the aisle to get results, and early polling shows the race dead-locked. Outside groups have already spent millions to boost Senator Kelly Ayotte, in a sign of just how nervous they are about her chances of re-election.
Chuck Schumer has never lost his laser focus on doing what’s best for the people of New York, and it’s that attention combined with his sharp political sense that has propelled him to several re-elections by double digit margins. Schumer rode to a 33-point victory in his last election in 2010. Don’t expect Schumer to leave anything to chance. He will continue his intense focus on representing the entire state of New York and running a strong campaign that ends in victory.
Democrats have a strong candidate in Deborah Ross. Ross built a respected record as one of the most effective legislators during her time in the state legislature, and her commitment to fighting for North Carolina families is unwavering. The DSCC is proud to support her campaign.
Democrats have recruited a top-tier candidate in former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland who has spent his entire life helping working folks across the state. Ted is a vigorous campaigner who will take this Senate seat back for Democrats. Democrats have won two out of the last three Senate races in Ohio and won the last Presidential year Senate race by 6 points despite being wildly outspent on television.
Ron Wyden has been a steady and hardworking voice for the people of Oregon. Wyden is well-known back home for holding an open town hall meeting in every Oregon county each year – to date that’s over 600 meetings. Wyden serves as Ranking Member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Throughout his career he has honed his ability to make progress and get results for Oregon by standing up for his state’s values and priorities. Last cycle despite a tough environment nationally, Democrats easily reelected Ron Wyden’s colleague in the Senate, Jeff Merkley.
The DSCC has proudly endorsed Katie McGinty. McGinty is a hard charging voice for change who will work to expand opportunities for the families who have been left behind for too long. She will fight for pay equity for women, work to protect women’s access to healthcare, and always stand up against plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. Her understanding of the issues facing working families is what makes her an outstanding advocate for Pennsylvania.
Pastor Thomas Dixon, a renowned community leader who is ready to give a new voice to South Carolina, is challenging conservative Republican Tim Scott in the state's Senate race.
With a strong focus on human rights, protection of civil liberties, and always standing up for Vermont, Patrick Leahy has been a critical voice for his state and nation his entire career. Leahy serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee where he has been an advocate for domestic violence prevention, privacy laws and public transparency. We’re confident that Patrick Leahy will continue representing Vermont for years to come.
As a tireless advocate for women, families, veterans and the middle class, Patty Murray has never lost sight of the priorities that drove her to seek public office. Once told by a state lawmaker that she “couldn’t make a difference” when advocating for a preschool program, Murray has certainly proved him wrong time and again. As the self-described “mom in tennis shoes” Murray has built a reputation as a workhorse who gets results on women’s health, veterans funding, and other priorities of Washington state. She won a hard-fought victory in 2010 in a tough environment for Democrats, and she enters the 2016 cycle as a sharp campaigner with a proven ability to run on her record and win.
Democrats have recruited a top-tier candidate in Russ Feingold, and the DSCC is proud to support his campaign. Russ has visited all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, listening to families about their concerns and pushing for an economy that works for everyone, not just CEOs. Senator Ron Johnson is consistently listed as one of the most vulnerable Senators after spending the last 6 years catering to the special interests and voting against Wisconsin families.
Lisa Murkowski faces a tough reelection fight in Alaska – earlier this cycle, Alaska’s other Senator, Dan Sullivan, refused to back her for reelection despite her support for him last cycle. Democrats won the Senate race in Alaska in 2008 and despite the GOP wave in 2014, came within a few points of winning again in this traditionally red state. Democrats are poised to run another strong race this time with a candidate who will put Alaska first.
Jerry Moran won election in 2010 and quickly garnered a reputation as one of the chamber's most reliable Republican votes. Thanks to 2016's Presidential year electorate, Democrats are well-positioned to hold Moran accountable for his far-right record.
After losing his gubernatorial race, Republican David Vitter announced he would not seek reelection in 2016. There is a rich Democratic history in Louisiana, and with a talented pool of potential candidates, Democrats are well-positioned to turn this seat blue in 2016.
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