Clutch Senate Races to Watch Tomorrow

From Maine to Montana, here are the ones that could come down to the wire

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 5, 2012 2:13 PM CST

(Newser) – The presidential race isn't the only one that will be decided tomorrow. Nearly as important is the fierce battle for control of the Senate. When the campaign season began, a GOP takeover there seemed assured, but now Democrats appear favored to remain in control, Real Clear Politics reports. Here are the top races you should have your eye on:

  • Maine: All signs point to the Senate getting its second independent here, with former Gov. Angus King leading the polling. And King isn't saying who he'll caucus with. (RCP predicts the Democrats.) "I'll see what's going on when I get down there, and what's best for Maine," he said last month, according to the AP.
  • Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren is looking increasingly like the favorite here, and she's acting like it, Politico reports. "We can taste it. Can you taste it?" she asked a crowd in Boston this weekend. But the race is hardly decided; a poll out yesterday had Scott Brown up by 1 point.

  • Montana: This is an incredibly close—and decidedly nasty—race between incumbent Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Denny Rehberg, with Rehberg a slight favorite to win. The campaign has seen close to $50 million in spending—much of it from outside groups, the Montana Standard reports.
  • Indiana: Did Richard Mourdock's rape comments cost him this race? Many assume so, though because Indiana's strict telemarketing laws restrict polling, it's hard to know for sure. But conservatives definitely haven't given up, pouring loads of money into the race. Libertarian Andy Horning may also suck some disaffected Mourdock voters away from challenger Joe Donnelly.
  • Wisconsin: Democrat Tammy Baldwin is a slight favorite here, but the state has been trending red lately, and thanks to Scott Walker's law restricting unions, Democrats have been short a crucial cash flow, meaning an upset win for Tommy Thompson is possible.
  • Virginia—This is a close one between former Gov. Tim Kaine and George "Macaca" Allen. The result will probably mirror the presidential race here, as neither candidate has been shy about running with his party's standard-bearer, Politico points out. "We're running as a team," Allen said recently. "The Romney-Allen-Cantor team."

Elizabeth Warren, front, addresses a crowd as sons of the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy look on during a Warren campaign stop in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Nov. 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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