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Senate Election Wall

Senate Election Wall Landing Page

Overview

In 2016, there were 34 United States Senate seats up for election, 10 of which were held by Democrats and 24 by Republicans. Democrats held their 10 seats and gained two more in the Senate, bringing their total to 48. Republicans lost two seats, bringing their total to 51.

History

Senators serve six-year terms; to ensure stability in the Senate and regular elections, however, the Founding Fathers established Article I, Section 3, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which divides the Senate into three classes of 33 or 34 members. Every two years, one class is up for election. Senators from the same state are purposefully split into two separate classes.



THE 34 SENATE SEATS UP FOR ELECTION

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