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United States Senate elections of 2008
Class II (33 of the 100) seats to the United States Senate and two mid-term vacancies from Class I
November 4, 2008
Majority party Minority party
Harry Reid official portrait 2009 Sen Mitch McConnell official
Leader Harry Reid Mitch McConnell
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat Nevada Kentucky
Last election 51 seats (including 2 Independents) 49 seats
Seats after 59 (including 2 Independents) 41
Seat change +8 -8
Popular vote 33,994,860 30,057,338
Percentage 51.3% 45.4%
Swing -2.6% +3.0%
2008 Senate election results map
Results:
  Democratic hold
  Democratic pickup
  Republican hold
Majority Leader before election
Harry Reid
Democratic Party
Elected Majority Leader
Harry Reid
Democratic Party

Elections for the United States Senate were held on November 4, 2008, with 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested. Thirty-three seats were regular elections; the winners were eligible to serve six-year terms from January 3, 2009, to January 3, 2015, as members of Senate Class II. There were also two special elections: one in Mississippi and another in Wyoming; the winners serve the remainder of terms that expire on January 3, 2013, as members of Senate Class I.

The 2008 presidential election, elections for all House of Representatives seats, and several gubernatorial elections, as well as many state and local elections, occurred on the same date.

Going into the 2008 election, the Senate consisted of 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans, and two independents (Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut) who caucused with the Democrats. Of the seats up for election in 2008, 23 were held by Republicans and 12 by Democrats. At the start of the 111th Congress, the Democrats held 56 seats in the Senate, with the two independents continuing to caucus with the Democrats for a total of 58. For the second consecutive election cycle, no incumbent Democratic senators lost their seats. Because there were no open Democratic seats, the election was also the second cycle in a row in which no seats switched from Democratic to Republican. Democrats defeated five Republican incumbents: Ted Stevens of Alaska, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, John Sununu of New Hampshire, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, and Gordon Smith of Oregon. Democrats also picked up open seats in Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia.

Results

Summary of the November 4, 2008 United States Senate election results
Party Breakdown Seats Popular Vote
Up Elected Not Up 2006 2008 +/− Vote  %
Democratslogo Democratic Party 12 20 37 49 57 +8 34,276,327  51.86%
Repubican Party (USA) Logo Republican Party 23 15 26 49 41 −8 29,729,539  45.00%
Libertarian Party 0 0 0 0 0 0 670,231  1.01%
Independence Party 0 0 0 0 0 0 437,505  0.66%
Green Party 0 0 0 0 0 0 427,418  0.65%
Constitution Party1 0 0 0 0 0 0 240,726  0.36%
Independents 0 0 2 2 2 0 242,851  0.37%
Independent Greens 0 0 0 0 0 0 21,690  0.03%
Natural Law 0 0 0 0 0 0 18,550  0.03%
Reform Party 0 0 0 0 0 0 16,443  0.03%
Socialist Workers Party 0 0 0 0 0 0 9,187  0.01%
Total 35 35 65 100 100 66,090,467  100%
Voter turnout:   -.-%


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