Looking Ahead: 2016 Senate Races


Before the 2014 Senate elections we were warned that the Democrats would have a difficult time keeping a majority in the Senate. The Democrats had 21 seats to defend; the Republicans had 14. These senators were last elected in 2008 and democrats rode the Obama election shirt-tales. It is commonly known that Democrats have large voter turnout during  Presidential elections, and 2008 was no exception.  In 2014 those candidates were facing a smaller, less enthusiastic group of democratic voters. The rest is history. The republicans will hold 54 seats in Congress.

In 2016, it looks like a different story. It will be a Presidential election year. That should draw out a large number of voters for both candidates. The possible scenarios for possible presidential candidates and/or influential issues are too numerous to seriously consider at this stage.

New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer’s seat (along with 9 other Democrats) will be up for election. I dare to say that he is more respected, and more popular upstate that Governor Cuomo was in the last election. Unless SCOPE and the NRA can somehow stick a SAFE Act sticker on him, upstate democrats should be willing to put a Schumer sign in their yard. That should help all down-ballot democratic candidates in their quest to be elected.

There will be 34 Senate races in 2016. The Democrats have to defend 10 of them; the Republicans 24. The Democrats will need to win 15 seats to regain control of the Senate. (There are two Independent Senators, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Angus King (I-ME) who caucuses with the democrats).

Below is a list of the Senators whose seats will be up election in 2016.



Michael Bennet (CO), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Barbara Boxer (CA), Patrick Leahy (VT), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Patty Murray (WA), Harry Reid (NV), Brian Schatz (HI), Charles Schumer (NY), and Ron Wyden (OR)


Kelly Ayotte (NH), Roy Blunt (MO),  John Boozman (AR), Richard Burr (NC),  Dan Coats (IN), Mike Crapo (ID), Chuck Grassley (IA), John Hoeven (ND), Johnny Isakson (GA), Ron Johnson (WI), Mark Kirk (IL), James Lankford (OK), Mike Lee (UT) John McCain (AZ), Jerry Moran (KS) Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rand Paul (KY) Rob Portman (OH), Marco Rubio (FL) Tim Scott (SC), Richard Shelby (AL) John Thune (SD), Pat Toomey (PA), and David Vitter (LA)


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Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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10 Responses to Looking Ahead: 2016 Senate Races

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Apart from his recent dis of the time and energy spent on getting the ACA through, in my opinion, Senator Schumer has proven to be good moderate representative for New York state.
    My concern on all fronts, is that the democrats will continue failing to tout the social, economical, and world diplomatic gains made during President Obama’s terms.

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  2. BOB McGILL says:

    what ” GAINS ” would that be ? 🙂


  3. whungerford says:

    Economic recovery, winding down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, affordable health care, executive orders on minimum wage and immigration reform come to mind. Many other potential gains were forestalled by GOP intransigence.


  4. BOB McGILL says:

    hog wash, don’t you watch the news ?

    About 50,200,000 results10 Ways Obama Has Failed as President – The Federalist
    September 16, 2014 … Respondents were asked: “On balance, do you feel that
    Obama’s presidency so far has been more of a …. I don’t know if you could come
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    LinkedIn; Email … Obama did not try and fail to end the drug war. He didn’t even

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    Jul 7, 2014 … Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 11.08.24 AM … With so many scandals and failures within the Obama White House, it’s hard to keep up … In fact, there probably isn’t a scandal on this list that he wasn’t a part of in some fashion.

    Barack Obama’s Presidency Is A Complete Failure By His Own, Self …
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    Dec 31, 2013 … At the end of 2013, after serving five years, Barack Obama is a … How many times has President Obama told us that he is “fighting for the …

    Obama’s List of Failures — Read ‘Em and Weep, Democrats. Then Act!
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  5. whungerford says:

    What’s your opinion on the budget deal Bob?


  6. BOB McGILL says:

    it’s my understanding that nobody has read it so only someone like you would have an opinion, because you make everything up as you go along, anyway. 🙂


  7. whungerford says:

    Hogwash, don’t you watch the news, Bob?


  8. whungerford says:

    Here is Tom Reed’s opinion: “”There are many victories in this proposal. It moves the ball forward in that it continues us on a path of reducing the budget deficit and authorizes less spending in FY 2015 than the agreed upon cap in the Murray-Ryan Budget Control Act. The package is far from perfect and I do not agree with everything in it, but it cuts spending, advances a number of energy policies, contains no new spending for Obamacare, and protects and creates jobs by including my Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act. On balance it is a victory for taxpayers.”


  9. whungerford says:

    One wonders: how is moving the ball forward different from kicking the can down the road?


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