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2014 50-star-flag-big 2018
US Senate Elections, 2016
33 of the 100 seats, 51 seats needed for the majority
November 8, 2016
First party Second party
220px-Harry Reid official portrait 2009 McConnell
Leader Chuck Schumer Mitch McConnell
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 44 + 2 (46) (54)
Seats won 58 + 2 (60) 40
Seat change +14 -14
Incumbent Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell
Republican
Resulting Majority Leader
Chuck Schumer
Democratic

The 2016 Senate elections occurred at the same time as the 2016 presidential election which saw Hillary Clinton elected president. Unlike previous years, it was now Republican senators who were under pressure having to defend 24 seats won in 2004 and 2010 in otherwise traditionally Democratic states compared to the Democrats' 10 seats with only two being competitive.

With the aid of Clinton's coattails, a disastrous year for the House Republicans and a Republican led Government shutdown in 2015, a massive Democratic wave year resulted with surprising wins in Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Utah. In Utah the Republicans split the vote and Democrats gained the seat.

The biggest surprises: In Kansas, tea party insurgent Milton Wolf ran as a third party and along with Governor Brownback's very low approval ratings proved too much for Republicans to hold the seat, allowing 2014 Democratic Gubernatorial candidate and former state house minority leader Paul Davis to gain a Kansas Senate seat for the first time since 1932. Similarly, in Utah were the Tea Party Incumbent Mike Lee lost his re-nomination only to run as a third party but split the Republican vote and allow a conservative Democrat to win the seat.

The Democrats regained control of the senate with a super majority. Harry Reid, 77, retired as Minority Leader and was replaced by Chuck Schumer.

The overall number of women in the Senate grew from 20 (14D, 6R) to 25 (20D, 5R). There were also the addition of 1 Asian member (Illinois's Tammy Duckworth), 1 Indian American member (California's Kamala Harris), and the first Latina member of the Senate (Nevada's Catherine Cortez Masto).

In Wisconsin, incumbent Ron Johnson was defeated in a rematch by former Senator Russ Feingold, who was defeated by Johnson in 2010.

Results

State

     Republican gain      Republican hold      Democratic gain      Democratic hold      Independent gain      Independent hold

Winning candidate in bold
State Incumbent Party Result Candidates
Alabama Richard Shelby Republican Incumbent re-elected,

Republican hold

 Ron Crumpton (Democrat)
Alaska Lisa Murkowski Republican Incumbent re-elected,

Republican hold

Mark Begich (Democrat)
Arizona John McCain Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Ann Kirkpatrick (Democrat)
Arkansas John Boozman Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Conner Eldridge (Democrat)
California Barbara Boxer Democratic Incumbent retired, Democratic hold Kamala Harris (Democrat)
Loretta Sanchez(Democrat)
Colorado Michael Bennet Democratic Incumbent re-elected,

Democratic hold

Ryan Frasier (Republican)
Connecticut Richard Blumenthal Democratic Incumbent re-elected,

Democratic hold

Tom Foley (Republican)
Florida Marco Rubio Republican Incumbent retired, Democratic gain Patrick Murphy (Democrat)
David Jolly (Republican)
Georgia Johnny Isakson Republican Incumbent re-elected,

Republican hold

Scott Holcomb (Democrat)
Hawaii Brian Schatz Democratic Incumbent re-elected,

Democratic hold

Charles Djou (Republican)
Idaho Mike Crapo Republican Incumbent re-elected,

Republican hold

Larry LaRocco (Democrat)
Illinois Mark Kirk Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Tammy Duckworth (Democrat)
Indiana Dan Coats Republican Incumbent retired, Democratic gain Marlin Stutzman (Republican)
Baron Hill (Democrat)
Iowa Chuck Grassley Republican Incumbent re-elected,

Republican hold

Bob Krause (Democratic)
Kansas Jerry Moran Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Milton Wolf (Tea Party)

Paul Davis (Democrat)

Kentucky Rand Paul Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Alison Ludergan Grimes (Democrat)
Louisiana David Vitter Republican Incumbent retired,

Republican hold

John Fleming (Republican)

Foster Campbell (Democrat)

Maryland Barbara Mikulski Democratic Incumbent retired, Democratic hold Chris Van Hollen (Democrat)

Daniel Bongino (Republican)

Missouri Roy Blunt Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Jason Kander (Democrat)
Nevada Harry Reid Democratic Incumbent retired, Democratic hold Catherine Cortez Masto (Democrat)
Joe Heck (Republican)
New Hampshire Kelly Ayotte Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Maggie Hassan (Democrat)
New York Chuck Schumer Democratic Incumbent re-elected,

Democratic hold

Peter King (Republican)
North Carolina Richard Burr Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Deborah Ross (Democrat)
North Dakota John Hoeven Republican Incumbent re-elected,

Republican hold

Earl Pomeroy (Democrat)
Ohio Rob Portman Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Ted Strickland (Democrat)
Oklahoma James Lankford Republican Incumbent re-elected,

Republican hold

Kenneth Corn (Democrat)
Oregon Ron Wyden Democratic Incumbent re-elected,

Democratic hold

Dennis Richardson (Republican)
Pennsylvania Pat Toomey Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Joe Sestak (Democrat)
South Dakota John Thune Republican Incumbent re-elected,

Republican hold

Brendan Johnson (Democrat)
Utah Mike Lee Republican Incumbent lost re-nomination,

Democratic gain

Jim Matheson (Democrat)

Lane Beattie (Republican)

Mike Lee (Tea Party)

Vermont Patrick Leahy Democratic Incumbent re-elected,

Democratic hold

Philip Scott (Republican)
Washington Patty Murray Democratic Incumbent re-elected,

Democratic hold

Chris Vance (Republican)
Wisconsin Ron Johnson Republican Incumbent lost re-election,

Democratic gain

Russ Feingold (Democrat)

*Top two candidates in general primary move to November runoff regardless of party affiliation.

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