Battle for the Senate

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With just eight days to go before midterm elections, all bets are off in the race for control of the U.S. Senate. Campaign strategists on both sides say it may come down to a handful of votes in any one race and lawyers are already gearing up for challenges.

The death of Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone only exacerbates political uncertainty, leaving Democrats scrambling for a replacement, and Republicans bracing for a wave of voter sympathy. Nationally, at least four other races, in New Hampshire, Colorado, Missouri, and South Dakota, are far too close to call. With Democrats holding a one-vote majority, every race has potential to tip the scales and dramatically alter the balance of power.


Sarah Binder, professor of political science, George Washington University

Kirk Victor, political reporter, National Journal;