Our Complete Guide To The 2012 U.S. Senate Races

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It’s likely that you’ve heard about Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown’s duel to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate by now.Here you’ll be able to keep up with that race and 32 other high-stakes races from across the country. Check out our comprehensive guide to the 2012 races for U.S. Senate and stay informed.

A majority is at stake.

ARIZONA: While Republican Will Cardon has made a dent in the polls, Jeff Flake is still up comfortably in the primary. In the general election, Flake holds a 13-point lead over Democrat Richard Carmona.

Democrat Richard Carmona (left); Republican Jeff Flake (right)

Source: Public Policy Polling

CALIFORNIA: Democrat Diane Feinstein is cruising toward her fifth term.

CONNECTICUT: Independent Joe Lieberman will retire, but don't expect this state to go red. While primaries remain up in the air, Dems hold a lead over Republicans in all scenarios.

Democrat Susan Bysiewicz (upper left); Democrat Chris Murphy (upper right); Republican Linda McMahon (lower left); Republican Chris Shays (lower right)

Source: Quinnipiac

DELAWARE: The Democrats took the other Delaware Senate seat by 10 points in 2010 and there's little reason to believe three-term incumbent Ed Carper won't emerge victorious.

Democrat Ed Carper (left); Republican Kevin Wade (right)

No head-to-head polls between Carper and Wade have been conducted to date.

FLORIDA: Incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson possesses a small lead over Rep. Connie Mack.

Democrat Bill Nelson (left); Republican Connie Mack (right)

Source: Marist

HAWAII: The retirement of Daniel Akaka (D) gives Republican Linda Lingle an opening, but thus far Mazie Hirono (D) is holding on to a 20-point lead.

Republican Linda Lingle (top); Democrat Ed Case (lower left); Democrat Mazie Hirono (lower right)

Source: DailyKos

INDIANA: Mourdock, the tea party darling, is deadlocked at 42-42 with Democrat Joe Donnelly

Democrat Joe Donnelly (left); Republican Richard Mourdock (right)

Source: Rasmussen Reports

MAINE: Moderate Republican Olympia Snowe is retiring and former governor Angus King looks to take the reins. A recent poll has the Independent taking a commanding lead over all opposition, garnering 56 per cent of the vote.

Democrat Cynthia Dill (left); Republican Charlie Summers (centre); Independent Angus King (right)

Source: Maine People's Resource centre

MARYLAND: Incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin looks like a safe bet to retain his seat.

Democrat Ben Cardin (left); Republican Daniel Bongino (right)

Source: Public Policy Polling

MASSACHUSETTS: May polls show Brown and Warren in a dead heat, despite the controversy surrounding the latter. A May 27-28 poll shows Brown leading by a 48-47 margin.

Democrat Elizabeth Warren (left); Republican Scott Brown (right)

Source: Suffolk/WHDH

MICHIGAN: An offensive TV ad during the Super Bowl has effectively doomed Hoekstra. The Democrat incumbent, Stabenow, holds a 53-32 advantage.

Democrat Debbie Stabenow (left); Republican Pete Hoekstra (right)

Source: Marist

MINNESOTA: Amy Klobuchar leads all potential Republican candidates by comfortable double digit margins.

Democrat-Farmer-labour Amy Klobuchar (left); Republican Kurt Bills

Bills has not been included in any head-to-head polls with Klobuchar to date, but no Republican has climbed within 20 points of Klobuchar.

Source: Public Policy Polling

MISSOURI: Republican challengers are looking to unseat incumbent Claire McCaskill. Steelman and Akin hold leads of 7 and 5 points over McCaskill, respectively, while Brunner is even.

Democrat Claire McCaskill (left); Republican Todd Akin (right)

5/29 UPDATE: Republican primary: Steelman 28%; Brunner 25%; Akin 23%

Source: Rasmussen Reports

MISSISSIPPI: Republican Roger Wicker has strong support and should coast to victory against Al Gore (no relation to the former vice president).

Democrat Al Gore (left); Republican Roger Wicker (right)

No polls have been conducted featuring Wicker head-to-head with Gore, but in every other poll Wicker leads the Democratic candidate by 14-26 points.

Source: Public Policy Polling

MONTANA: Incumbent Democrat Jon Tester is in big trouble. Republican Denny Rehberg leads in the polls by 10 points.

Democrat Jon Tester (left); Republican Denny Rehberg (right)

Source: Rasmussen Reports

NEBRASKA: Upstart Deb Fischer looks to ride tea party support to a Republican victory.

Democrat Bob Kerrey (left); Republican Deb Fischer (right)

Source: Rasmussen Reports

NEW JERSEY: The closest Republican challenger Joseph Kryillos has been able to get to Menendez is 9 points.

Democrat Bob Menendez (left); Republican Joseph Kryillos (right)

Source: Fairleigh Dickinson/Public Mind

NEW MEXICO: Democratic prospects look good in New Mexico, where Martin Heinrich looks to take over the seat left behind by the retiring Jeff Bingamon.

Democrat Martin Heinrich (left); Republican Heather Wilson (right)

Source: Public Policy Polling

NEW YORK: Kirsten Gillibrand holds commanding leads over both her Republican and Conservative Party rivals.

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand (top); Conservative Wendy Long (bottom left); Republican Bob Turner (bottom right)

Source: Siena College

NEVADA: The most recent poll, conducted in early May, shows incumbent Republican Dean Heller with an 11-point lead.

Democrat Shelley Berkley (left); Republican Dean Heller (right)

Source: Rasmussen Reports

NORTH DAKOTA: The seat left behind by Democrat Kent Conrad looks to change colours this year, as Republican Rick Berg holds a 7-point lead.

Democrat Heidi Heitkamp (left); Republican Rick Berg (right)

Source: Forum Communications

OHIO: Recent polls show incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown up by double digits against Josh Mandel.

Democrat Sherrod Brown (left); Republican Josh Mandell (right)

Source: Marist

PENNSYLVANIA: The latest polls show Bob Casey with a 7-point lead.

Democrat Bob Casey, Jr. (left); Republican Tom Smith (right)

Source: Rasmussen Reports

RHODE ISLAND: The most recent poll shows incumbent Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse leading Barry Hinckley by a margin of 50-28 per cent.

Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse (left); Republican Barry Hinckley (right)

Source: Fleming & Associates

TENNESSEE: Unless a credible tea party candidate emerges, Tennessee voters overwhelmingly support the re-election of Bob Corker.

TEXAS: Tea party Republican Ted Cruz has forced a runoff with David Dewhurst. The winner will almost certainly take the seat, which previously was held by a retiring Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

Democrat Paul Sadler (left); Republican David Dewhurst (centre); Republican Ted Cruz (right)

Source: Public Policy Polling

UTAH: While Utah's Republican status is safe, which candidate will take the spoils remains to be seen. Hatch is in a battle for his career and faces a strong primary challenger in Dan Liljenquist.

Democrat Scott Howell (left); Republican Orrin Hatch (centre); Republican Dan Liljenquist (right).

No recent polling including Howell and Liljenquist has been conducted.

VERMONT: Independent Bernie Sanders holds huge leads on any potential opponent, according to polls.

VIRGINIA: Democrat Jim Webb is retiring, and thus far, Tim Kaine looks to keep the state blue, holding a 6 point lead.

Democrat Tim Kaine (left); Republican George Allen (right)

Source: Marist

WASHINGTON: Incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell holds a 15-point lead.

Democrat Maria Cantwell (left); Republican Michael Baumgartner (right)

Source: Public Policy Polling

WEST VIRGINIA: Seeking his first full term, Manchin holds a whopping lead on Raese, up by a 74-22 margin.

Democrat Joe Manchin (left); Republican John Raese (right)

Source: R.L. Repass

WISCONSIN: Democrat Herb Kohl is retiring and Republican Tommy Thompson is looking to capitalise. He leads Tammy Baldwin by 5 points.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin (left); Republican Tommy Thompson (right)

Source: Public Policy Polling

WYOMING: Incumbent Republican John Barrasso leads all opponents by double digits.

Enough with the Senate races. Here's your brief guide to the states that matter in the upcoming presidential election.

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