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Your Taxes, Your Vote: Wealth of Open Senate Seats Make For Midterm Drama

CNBC
Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 12:26 PM ET

For voters in more than the usual number of states, this is one election where you may need a scorecard because of the wealth of open seats.

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A dozen Senate seats are up for grabs because the incumbent either retired or was defeated at the primary level. In the House, there's almost four dozen such seats.

Here's a snapshot of the candidates and the current seat holder, who's not on the ballot this year.

Senate

Alaska

Current: Lisa Murkowski—Republican (defeated)

Candidates:
Scott McAdams (D)
Joe Miller (R)
Lisa Murkowski—(Write-in candidate)

Connecticut

Current: Chris Dodd—Democrat (retiring)

Candidates:
Richard Blumenthal (D)
Linda McMahon (R)


Delaware

Current: Ted Kaufman—Democrat (named to fill Joe Biden's term)

Candidates:
Chris Coons (D)
Christine O'Donnell (R)


Florida

Current: George LeMieux—Republican (served out term of Mel Martinez, who resigned)

Candidates:
Rep. Kendrick Meek (D)
Gov. Charlie Crist (I)
Former Rep. Marco Rubio (R)

llinois

Current: Roland Burris (named to fill Barack Obama's term)

Candidates:
State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D)
LeAlan Jones (Green)
Rep. Mark Kirk (R)


Indiana

Current: Evan Bayh—Democrat (retiring)

Candidates:
Rep. Brad Ellsworth(D)
Former Rep. Dan Coats (R)

Kansas

Current: Sam Brownback—Republican (retiring)

Canidates:
Lisa Johnston (D)
Rep. Jerry Moran (R)

Kentucky

Current: Jim Bunning—Republican (retiring)

Candidates:
Attorney General Jack Conway (D)
Rand Paul (R)



Missouri

Current: Kit Bond—Republican (retiring)

Candidates:
Sec'y of State Robin Carnahan (D)
Rep. Roy Blunt (R)



New Hampshire

Current: Judd Gregg—Republican (retiring)

Candidates:
Rep. Paul Hodes(D)
Attorney General Kelly Ayotte(R)



North Dakota

Current: Kent Conrad—Democrat (retiring)

Candidates:
State Sen. Tracy Potter(D)
Gov. Jon Hoeven (R)



Ohio

Current: George Voinovich—Republican (retiring)

Candidates:
Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D)
Former Rob Portman (R)



Pennsylvania

Current:Arlen Specter—Republican (defeated)

Candidates:
Rep. Joe Sestak (D)
Former Rep. Pat Toomey(R)



Utah

Current: Bob Bennett—Republican (defeated)

Candidates:
Sam Granato(D)
Mike Lee (R)

West Virginia

Current: Carte Goodwin (serving remaining time of Robert Byrd)

Candidates:
Gov. Joe Manchin (D)
John Raese (R)



House

Thirty-seven imcumbents are retiring (several to compete for open Senate seats or governor posts). Twenty are Republicans; 17 Democrats. Four incumbents were defeated in primaries. Five vacancies will be filled by special elections before November.

A couple contests, however, stand out, because of the incumbent's long length of service and prominent committee posts.



Wisconsin(7th district)

Current: David Obey—Democrat (retiring)

Candidates:
Julie Lassa (D)
Sean Duffy(R)

Delaware (At large)

Current:Mike Castle—Republican (ran for senate)

Candidates:
Former Lt. Gov. John Carney (D)
Glen Urquhart (R)