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Democrats retained control of the Senate Tuesday but did not pick up the 60 seat filibuster proof majority they had hoped for.


Conservative Scorecard 2008: Senate

Democrats retained control of the Senate Tuesday but did not pick up the 60 seat filibuster proof majority they had hoped for.

Democrats retained control of the Senate Tuesday but did not pick up the 60 seat filibuster proof majority they had hoped for. Of the 100 seats in the Senate, Democrats now hold 56 seats, Republicans hold 40.

The good news:
Despite the overall trend of Democrat wins across the nation, targeted conservatives — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Saxby Chambliss of Geogia, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Pat Roberts of Kansas and the seat of retiring Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi — remain safe, leaving some hope in the heart of the conservative base.

The bad news:
Sens. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and John Sununu of New Hampshire lost their seats to challenging Democrats, and retiring GOP senators in Virginia, New Mexico and Colorado relinquished seats to Democrats. Absolutely zero incumbent Democrats running lost their seats to Republicans.

Three of the open 35 remain unresolved in Alaska, Oregon, and Minnesota. This includes the highly publicized race against Norm Coleman (R-Minn) and comedian Al Franken who refuses to condede (a recount is likely) and the outcome of newly convicted felon Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) who is waiting on a reported 40,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted.

Of the 35 senators up for re-election in 2008, here is how they fared (and some notes for your HUMAN EVENTS Conservative Scorecard):


Jeff Sessions (R) *win 63%
Vivian Figures (D) 37%


Ted Stevens (R) * 48%
Mark Begich (D) 47%


Mark Pryor (D) *win 79%
Rebekah Kennedy (Grn) 21%


Mark Udall (D) *win 53%
Bob Schaffer (R) 43%


Joe Biden (D) *win 65%
Christine O’Donnell (R) 35%


Saxby Chambliss (R) * win 50%
Jim Martin (D) 46%
Allen Buckley (L) 3%


Jim Risch (R) win 58%
Larry LaRocco (D) 34%
Rex Rammell (I) 6%


Dick Durbin (D) *win 67%
Steve Sauerberg (R) 29%


Tom Harkin (D) *win 63%
Christopher Reed (R) 37%


Pat Roberts (R) *win 60%
Jim Slattery (D) 37%


Mitch McConnell (R) *win 53%
Bruce Lunsford (D) 47%


Mary L. Landrieu (D) *win 52%
John Kennedy (R) 46%


Susan Collins (R) *win 61%
Tom Allen (D) 39%


John Kerry (D) *win 66%
Jeff Beatty (R) 31%


Carl Levin (D) *win 62%
Jack Hoogendyk (R) 35%


Al Franken (D) 1,151,156 42%
Norm Coleman (R) 1,150,091 42%
Dean Barkley (I) 15%


Thad Cochran (R) *win 62%
Erik Fleming (D) 38%


Roger Wicker (R) *win 55%
Ronnie Musgrove (D) 45%


Max Baucus (D) *win 73%
Bob Kelleher (R) 27%


Mike Johanns (R) *win 58%
Scott Kleeb (D) 40%

New Hampshire

Jeanne Shaheen (D) *win 52%
John Sununu (R) 45%

New Jersey

Frank Lautenberg (D) *win 56%
Dick Zimmer (R) 43%

New Mexico

Tom Udall (D) *win 61%
Steve Pearce (R) 39%

North Carolina

Kay Hagan (D) *win 53%
Elizabeth Dole (R) 44%
Christopher Cole (L) 3%


Jim Inhofe (R) *win 57%
Andrew Rice (D) 39%
Stephen Wallace (I) 4%


Gordon Smith (R) * 435,367 47%
Jeff Merkley (D) 432,773 47%

Rhode Island

Jack Reed (D) *win 73%
Bob Tingle (R) 27%

South Carolina

Lindsey Graham (R) *win 58%
Bob Conley (D) 42%

South Dakota

Tim Johnson (D) *win 63%
Joel Dykstra (R) 37%


Lamar Alexander (R) *win 65%
Robert Tuke (D) 31%


John Cornyn (R) *win 56%
Rick Noriega (D) 41%


Mark Warner (D) *win 64%
Jim Gilmore (R) 34%

West Virginia

Jay Rockefeller (D) *win 64%
Jay Wolfe (R) 36%


Mike Enzi (R) *win 76%
Chris Rothfuss (D) 24%


John Barrasso (R) *win 73%
Nick Carter (D) 27%

Written By

Miss Oddis is Assistant Managing Editor at HUMAN EVENTS. Before working with Human Events she was a researcher for syndicated columnist and author Robert Novak. Ms. Oddis has appeared on FOX News Hannity and Colmes, and The O'Reilly Factor. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Eastern Connecticut State University. E-mail her at You can also request to follow her on Twitter.

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