Charlie Cook of the Cook Report Sees Grim Future for Democrats in Senate in 2012 and 2014


Grim future for Democrats in the US Senate …

Charlie Cook of the famed political Cook Report states that Democrats have a tough row to hoe in 2012 and 2014 in the US Senate. With the large amount of seats that Democrats have to defend in 2012 and 2014, holding power in the Senate is pretty much a lost cause. Presently, Democrats have control of the Senate 53 – 47.    In 2012 Democrats have to defend 23 seats (21 Democrats & 2 Independents who caucus with Dems) while Republicans only have to defend 10. In 2014, Democrats have to defend 20 seats, while the GOP only has to defend 13.


US Senate Democrats seats up for election in 2012. We would say that there is a bulls-eye on some of the following seats, but that would be uncivil.

Akaka, Daniel K. – (D – HI)
Bingaman, Jeff – (D – NM) – RETIRING [seat in trouble]
Brown, Sherrod – (D – OH) [state trending GOP]
Cantwell, Maria – (D – WA)
Cardin, Benjamin L. – (D – MD) 
Carper, Thomas R. – (D – DE)
Casey, Robert P., Jr. – (D – PA) [state trending GOP]
Conrad, Kent – (D – ND)  - RETIRING [seat in trouble]
Feinstein, Dianne – (D – CA)
Gillibrand, Kirsten E. – (D – NY)
Klobuchar, Amy – (D – MN)
Kohl, Herb – (D – WI)
Lieberman, Joseph I. – (ID – CT) – RETIRING
Manchin, Joe, III – (D – WV) [if Manchin does not vote as a Republican, seat in trouble, state trending GOP]
McCaskill, Claire – (D – MO) [seat in trouble, state trending GOP]
Menendez, Robert – (D – NJ)
Nelson, Ben – (D – NE) [seat in trouble]
Nelson, Bill – (D – FL) [state trending GOP]
Sanders, Bernard – (I – VT)
Stabenow, Debbie – (D – MI)
Tester, Jon – (D – MT)
Webb, Jim – (D – VA) – RETIRING  [seat in trouble]
Whitehouse, Sheldon – (D – RI)

Democrat seats up in 2014. Keep in mind, these Senators were elected in the 2008 Obama promise of “Hope & Change” election.

Baucus, Max – (D – MT) – [GOP state, Obamacare could come back to haunt Baucus]
Begich, Mark – (D – AK) [heavy GOP state]
Coons, Christopher A. – (D – DE)
Durbin, Richard J. – (D – IL)
Franken, Al – (D – MN) [MN may want to correct the mistake they made in 2008]
Hagan, Kay R. – (D – NC) [heavy trending GOP state]
Harkin, Tom – (D – IA)
Johnson, Tim – (D – SD)
Kerry, John F. – (D – MA) 
Landrieu, Mary L. – (D – LA)
Lautenberg, Frank R. – (D – NJ) [he will be 90, probaly will retire ... will NJ trend GOP with Chris Christie wave?]
Levin, Carl – (D – MI)
Merkley, Jeff – (D – OR)
Pryor, Mark L. – (D – AR)
Reed, Jack – (D – RI)
Rockefeller, John D., IV – (D – WV)
Shaheen, Jeanne – (D – NH) [state trending GOP]
Udall, Mark – (D – CO)
Udall, Tom – (D – NM)
Warner, Mark R. – (D – VA) [state trending GOP]

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “Charlie Cook of the Cook Report Sees Grim Future for Democrats in Senate in 2012 and 2014”

    1. Jayne (on the left coast) on March 1st, 2011 1:10 pm

      From his lips to GOD’S ear.

    2. Scott on March 1st, 2011 2:09 pm

      I’m just waiting for the all-knowing Steve to put in his 2 cents to show all of us how wrong everybody else and how right he is….

    3. Waterboy on March 1st, 2011 11:08 pm

      And so the world turns.

    4. Michelle Smith on March 2nd, 2011 11:32 am


      Oh I’m sure he’ll have to point out how poorly the article was written and how misleading it is, how they didn’t ask the right questions and blah, blah, blah.

      We are all ignorant and know nothing and should be thankful that Steve is around to educate us with his brilliance.

      We should all bow down and worship Steve “the all knowing”

    5. On road to surplus, U.S. detoured into debt on May 1st, 2011 3:37 pm

      [...] Re: On road to surplus, U.S. detoured into debt Originally Posted by xpiher theres too many loop holes in the tax code and immelt is the man barack the slasher selects as JOBS CZAR good job, CHARLIE! There is a revenue and a spending problem First Read – Obama signs tax cut bill into law Fixing the spending problem can be largely done through cuts in defense spending, ending both wars, and letting the stimulus just end Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs Simpson And Bowles Release Eye-Popping Recommendations | TPMDC Most businesses have moved over seas to save on labor cost and immelt is the person the slasher selects to be JOBS CZAR a MAJOR SHIFT in the culture i.e. willing to work for pennies McDonald Why do you assume that Obama has any influence over the legislature? he's head of the party, silly ask the dozens of bluedogs voted outta office on tsunami tuesday Its going to work tell it to tester in montana, nelson in nebraska, whoever runs for budget chair conrad's seat in dakota, nelson in florida, kaine in virginia, whoever tries for bingaman's in new mexico, mccaskill in missouri, manchin in west virginia, brown in ohio, casey in pennsylvania, kohl in wisonsin… Tougher road ahead for Senate Dems – Shira Toeplitz – Harry Reid lets 2012 Democrats off the hook – Manu Raju – Charlie Cook of the Cook Report Sees Grim Future for Democrats in Senate in 2012 and 2014 | Scared M… [...]

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