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The United States Senate Elections of 2018 took place in the middle of Hillary Clinton's first term. The elections are the first to have Puerto Rico participate, and thus, it elected both of its senators at once. The Democrats were under pressure, as 23 of their 48 seats were up for election, giving the Republicans a golden opportunity to make massive gains on the Democrats. However, that didn't happen, as the Republican Party's popularity plummeted after the nomination of Donald Trump in 2016, which allowed the Tea Party has been slowly absorbing Republican voters and local formerly Republican politicians. By 2018, they had gotten big enough to block Republicans from winning any Senate elections. A multitude of existing Republican senators also switched to the Tea Party, including then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel and then-Senate Majority Whip, John Cornyn. This election was also very controversial, as it was the first time in US history when the leader of the biggest party in the Senate isn't the Majority Leader. Hillary Clinton's unpopularity meant the Democrats also lost seats, preventing them from having an outright majority. This Senate also had the most political parties of any senate in US history, with 5 political parties in the Senate. By far the most controversial election was in Utah, where Romney's son Josh beat Jon Huntsman Jr by 281 votes. Huntsman demanded a recount, and Utah governor Gary Herbert accepted. The recount happened, and Josh won by 10 votes, the closest margin in US Senate history. Huntsman supporters accused Josh Romney of election fraud in a Utah court case that could mean the end of a potential Romney Dynasty. This election was also historic because it was the first Senate Election where the leader of the largest party was not the Majority Leader, as the Republicans and Tea Party were caucusing together, giving them a combined majority.

Results

     Republican gain      Republican hold      Democratic gain      Democratic hold      Libertarian gain      Libertarian Hold      Green Gain      Green hold      Tea Party gain      Tea Party hold

Special Elections

Winning candidate in bold


State Incumbent Party Previous Elections Result Candidates
Virginia (Class 1) Tim Kaine Democratic 2012 Incumbent resigned to become Vice President. A special election was scheduled for 5 March 2017. Tea Party hold. Barbra Comstock (Tea Party)
Mark Herring (Democratic)
Benjamin Cline (Republican)
Virginia (Class 2) Mark Warner Democratic 2008
2014
Incumbent resigned to become Secretary of the Interior. A special election was scheduled for 21 August 2017. Democratic Hold. Ralph Northam (Democratic)
Randy Forbes (Tea Party)
Jerry Kilgore (Republican)
Vermont Bernie Sanders Independent 2006
2012
Incumbent resigned to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. A special election was scheduled for 30 October 2017. Democratic Gain. Peter Welch (Democratic)
Heidi Scheuermann (Tea Party)
Craig Hill (Green)
Peter Moss (Independent)
Minnesota Al Franken Democratic 2008
2014
Incumbent resigned to become Secretary of Transportation. A special election was scheduled for 19 November 2017. Democratic Hold. Lori Swansen (Democratic)
John Kline (Tea Party)
Rich Stanek (Republican)
Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren Democratic 2012 Incumbent resigned to become Secretary of Education. A special election was scheduled for 9 December 2017. Green Gain. Jill Stein (Green)
Martha Coakley (Democratic)
Mike Heffernan (Tea Party)
Kenneth Chase (Republican)
Puerto Rico (Class 2) none After becoming a state, Puerto Rico needed to elect and its representatives and select Senators. It decided to elect one and appoint one soon after becoming a state. The election was scheduled for 1 Jan 2018. Tea Party Gain. Pedro Pierluisi (Tea Party)
David Bernier (Democratic)

Regular Elections

State Incumbent Party Previous Elections Result Candidates
Arizona Jeff Flake Republican 2012 Incumbent re-elected,

Libertarian Gain

Jeff Flake (Libertarian)
Mark Brnovich (Tea Party)
Gsbbrielle Giffords (Democratic)
Joe Arpaio (Republican)
California Dianne Feinstein Democratic 1992 (Special)
1994
2000
2006
2012
Incumbent retired,

Democratic Hold

Jerry Brown (Democratic)
Johnathan Jaech (Libertarian)
Connecticut Chris Murphy Democratic 2012 Incumbent re-elected Toni Boucher (Tea Party)
Stephen Fournier (Green)
Chris Shays (Republican)
Delaware Tom Carper Democratic 2000
2006
2012
Incumbent re-elected Thomas Wanger, Jr. (Tea Party)
Ken Simpler (Republican)
Florida Bill Nelson Democratic 2000
2006
2012
Incumbent lost re-election, Tea Party Gain Tom Rooney (Tea Party)
Adam Putnam (Republican)
Hawaii Mazie Hirono Democratic 2012 Incumbent re-elected Duke Aiona (Tea Party)
Adam Putnam (Republican)
Indiana Joe Donnelly Democratic 2012 Incumbent lost re-election,

Tea Party Gain

Brian Bosma (Tea Party)
Greg Ballard (Republican)
Maine Angus King Independent 2012 Incumbent lost re-election,
Democratic Gain
Matthew Dunlap (Democratic)
Pat LaMarche (Green)
Paul LePage (Tea Party)
Peter Cianchette (Republican)
Maryland Ben Cardin Democratic 2006
2012
Incumbent retired,
Democratic Hold
Anthony Brown (Democratic)
Daniel Bongino (Tea Party)
Bob Ehrlich (Republican)
Massachusetts Jill Stein Green 2017 (Special) Incumbent re-elected Marisa DeFranco (Democratic)
Charlie Baker (Tea Party)
Mike Heffernan (Republican)
Michigan Debbie Stabenow Democratic 2000
2006
2012
Incumbent re-elected Rick Snyder (Tea Party)
Rob Steele (Republican)
Minnesota Amy Klobuchar Democratic 2006
2012
Incumbent re-elected Erik Paulsen (Tea Party)
Laura Brod (Republican)
Mississippi Roger Wicker Republican 2006
2012
Incumbent lost re-election, Tea Party Gain Phil Bryant (Tea Party)
Jim Hood (Democratic)
Missouri Claire McCaskill Democratic 2006
2012
Incumbent lost re-election, Tea Party Gain Ann Wanger (Tea Party)
Tom Schweich (Republican)
Montana Jon Tester Democratic 2006
2012
Incumbent lost re-election, Tea Party Gain Ryan Zinke (Tea Party)Jedediah Hinkle (Republican)
Nebraska Deb Fischer Republican 2012 Incumbent lost re-election
Tea Party gain
Mike Flood (Tea Party)
Steve Lathrop (Democratic)
Nevada Dean Heller Republican 2011 (Appointed)
2012
Incumbent re-elected
Tea Party gain
Dean Heller (Tea Party)
Richard Charles (Libertarian)
Dina Titus (Democratic)
Sherry Brooks (Republican)
New Jersey Bob Menendez Democratic Jan 2006 (Appointed)
Nov 2006
2012
Incumbent re-elected Thomas Kean, Jr. (Tea Party)
Joseph M. Kyrillos (Republican)
New Mexico Martin Heinrich Democratic 2012 Incumbent lost re-election
Libertarian gain
Gary Johnson (Libertarian)
Steve Pearce (Tea Party)
Janice Arnold-Jones (Republican)
New York Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 2009 (Appointed)
2010 (Special)
2012
Incumbent re-elected Chris Gibson (Tea Party)
John Catisimatidis (Republican)
North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp Democratic 2012 Incumbent lost re-election
Tea Party gain
Drew Wrigley (Tea Party)
Ed Schafer (Republican)
Ohio Sherrod Brown Democratic 2006
2012
Incumbent lost re-election
Tea Party gain
John Kasich (Tea Party)
Sarah LaTourette (Republican)
Pennsylvania Bob Casey Democratic 2006
2012
Incumbent re-elected Charlie Dent (Tea Party)
Jim Cawley (Republican)
Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 2006
2012
Incumbent re-elected Brendan Doherty (Tea Party)
Joseph Almond (Republican)
Tennessee Bob Corker Republican 2006
2012
Incumbent retired
Tea Party gain
Bill Haslam (Tea Party)
Karl Dean (Democratic)
Bill Hagerty (Republican)
Texas Ted Cruz Republican 2006
2012
Incumbent lost re-election
Democratic gain
Joaquin Castro (Democratic)
Ted Cruz (Tea Party)
George P. Bush (Independent)
Jeb Hensarling (Republican)
Utah Orrin Hatch Republican 1976
1982
1998
1994
2000
2006
2012
Incumbent retired
Tea Party gain
Josh Romney (Tea Party)
Jon Huntsman, Jr. (Independent)
Jim Mathenson (Democratic)
Thomas Wright (Republican)
Vermont Peter Welch Democratic 2017 (Special) Incumbent re-elected Heidi Scheuermann (Tea Party)
Cris Ericson (Marijuana)
John MacGovern (Republican),br />Peter Moss (Independent)
Virginia Barbra Comstock Tea Party 2017 (Special) Incumbent re-elected Anne Holton (Democratic)
Benjamin Cline (Republican)
Washington Maria Cantwell Democratic 2000
2006
2012
Incumbent re-elected Doc Hastings (Tea Party)
Mike the Mover (Republican)
West Virginia Joe Manchin Democratic 2010 (Special)
2012
Incumbent re-elected David McKinley (Tea Party)
Mary Lou Retton (Republican)
Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin Democratic 2012 Incumbent re-elected Rebecca Kleefisch (Tea Party)
Sean Duffy (Republican)
Wyoming John Barrasso Republican 2007 (Appointed)
2008 (Special)
2012
Incumbent re-elected
Tea Party gain
John Barrasso (Tea Party)
Pete Gosar (Democratic)
Taylor Haynes (Republican)

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