Senate elections will be held on November 6, 2018 when 33 seats of the 100 seats will be contested along with one seat through a special election. The elected class-1 Senators would serve for a term of six years beginning January 3rd, 2019, to January 3rd, 2025. Minnesota is the state having Special election for Senator seat in 2018, since Democratic Senator Al Franken resigned and Lt. Governor Tina Smith (D) was appointed as Interim Senator by the Governor.
The states holding the Senate elections are:
|New Mexico||Martin Heinrich||Democratic|
|New Jersey||Bob Menendez||Democratic|
|New York||Kirsten Gillibrand||Democratic|
|North Dakota||Heidi Heitkamp||Democratic|
|Rhode Island||Sheldon Whitehouse||Democratic|
|Pennsylvania||Bob Casey Jr.||Democratic|
|West Virginia||Joe Mancin||Democratic|
Why is the Senate election in 2018 so important?
In the Senate, the Republican Party holds the majority with 51 seats, the Democratic Party 47 seats, and Independents hold two seats and caucus with the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party require two seats to get back the majority they lost in 2014, and so the Republican Party can be expected to defend their majority aggressively. The November elections will be a close contest.
The elections hold a greater challenge for the Democratic Party as they will be defending 25 seats, including the two independent seats in their favor. The Republicans have to defend just eight seats.
Nine States have a Democratic incumbent but were won by Donald Trump
The Democratic Party will have to overcome the Republican challenge in nine states where the incumbent is Democratic, but the state was won by Donald Trump during the 2016 elections. These states are:
- West Virginia
- North Dakota
Nevada is the only state won by Hilary Clinton in 2016 where the incumbent was a Republican.
13 states with a Democratic incumbent having a Republican Governor.
The Democratic Party will face a strong challenge from the Republican Party in these states where the Governor is a Republican.
The states are:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
Two states with a Republican incumbent
The Republican Party will have to defend these two states where the Democratic Party is expected to mount a strong challenge. The states are:
There are no states with a Republican incumbent and Democratic governor
The advantage lies with the Republican Party since they have to defend lesser seats than the Democratic Party.