Senate Races Everyone Should Be Watching

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Monday, November 2, 2020


The election is almost here and, although most people may be focusing their attention on the presidential election, there are many vital Senate races taking place this year that determine which party will hold the majority. Here are some of the closest races that you should be paying attention to on Election Day:

Arizona

Incumbent Republican senator Martha McSally was appointed to her position in 2019, after the passing of John McCain. Now she is running a close race to retain her seat against Democratic candidate, Mark Kelly. Hoping to draw support from across the aisle, Kelly has campaigned on being a moderate Democrat. Recent polls have Kelly up 4 points, but this is within the margin of error, so anything could happen on Election day. 

Colorado

You may remember John Hickenlooper from his short stint as a presidential candidate. Though he was unsuccessful in his bid for president, he’s running a close race with incumbent Republican senator, Cory Gardner. Gardner has had the challenge of separating himself from the Trump administration in the left-leaning state of Colorado. Hickenlooper has been leading in the polls by 8 percent, a bad sign for Republicans hoping to maintain control of the Senate. 

Montana

Montana is another state where an incumbent Republican senator is in a close fight to keep their seat. In a recent New York Times poll, Steve Daines was leading Steve Bullock, the Democratic governor of the state, by only 3 points and within the margin of error. The campaigns have doubled the spending record for a Montana race, showing just how closely fought this election will be. 

Georgia

Both of Georgia’s Senate races could likely end up in a runoff. Although the race for Senator Kelly Loeffler’s seat has long been expected to have a January runoff, the close race between Republican incumbent, David Perdue, and Democrat, Jon Osoff, has shown that neither candidate has a clear lead. The two races could leave the balance of the Senate in question until January. 

Iowa

Republican Senator Joni Ernst has been narrowly trailing candidate Theresa Greenfield in the toss-up Iowa Senate race. The race has surprised many with its closeness; adding Greenfield to the Senate would add another liberal voice to the field of politics. Although she has attempted to portray herself as moderate, Greenfield has received significant endorsements from organizations such as Emily’s List, a group that campaigns to get pro-choice women elected to Congress. 

North Carolina

Although the Democrat candidate, Cal Cunningham, a married man, suffered a blow to his campaign after confessing to sending “romantic text messages” to a woman other than his wife, the North Carolina Senate race has remained one of the closest elections in the country. Cunningham has tried to keep his affair out of the spotlight while maintaining a narrow lead over Republican challenger and current seat holder, Thom Thillis.  

South Carolina

Well-known incumbent, Lindsey Graham, has not had an easy time fighting to keep his seat in the Senate. Recent polling has Graham trailing Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, by 2 points. Harrison has gained attention for his charisma and unique campaign ads. He’s raised an impressive $85.8 million in campaign funds. Even though Graham is behind in the polls, FiveThirtyEight has favored Graham to win. 

Maine

Finally, the Maine Senate election is definitely one to be watching. Republican Senator, Susan Collins, has won her last three elections by double digits, but this year she is at risk of losing to Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon. Although Collins is viewed as one of the Republicans least similar to Trump, she has struggled with being the Republican option in a state where the President is unpopular. Although not the strong conservative that many right-wingers like to see in Congress, Collins keeping her position could be integral to the Republicans holding the majority in the Senate.

 

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Rachael Stevenson is a Senior at Hobson School in Central Montana. She lives and works on her family’s cattle ranch, and hopes to pursue a career in writing after high school. She enjoys competing in rodeos, reading, and listening to podcasts from The Daily Wire.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Rachael Stevenson

Rachael Stevenson is a Senior at Hobson School in Central Montana. She lives and works on her family’s cattle ranch, and hopes to pursue a career in writing after high school. She enjoys competing in rodeos, reading, and listening to podcasts from The Daily Wire.

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