Article by Bryan Howard
July 9, 2018
We kept hearing about the Blue wave for the 2018 mid-terms, with the 33 senate seats up for election.
Of these 33 seats 24 are held by Democrats, while 9 are held by Republicans. Currently there are 51 Republican Senators and 49 Democrat Senators, which means if Democrats can retain their seats and gain two Republican seats they will gain the majority.
According to Inside Elections (Nonpartisan Analysis) there are 7 Republican likely to retain their seats and 19 Democrat seats projecting to retain their seats. They also have 3 Democrat Seats and 2 Republican seats that are considered toss ups.
However, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic first-term senator from North Dakota who is at-risk of losing her seat in November. Inside Election officially moved that seat from a toss up to a lean Republican. Meaning If the Republican Kevin Cramer wins the North Dakota Senate seat Democrats can’t take the majority in the Senate. And if Republicans win one of the five toss up seats they will retain the Senate majority. It currently looks like Republicans have a serious chance at having a larger majority in the Senate then they currently have.
Here is a link to Inside Elections projections, http://www.insideelections.com/ratings/senate/2018-senate-ratings-july-6-2018
The elections are still a few months away and the projections may change, but currently this is what North Dakota race is looking like.
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