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Election Forecast: The Senate

Updated November 5, 2000

There are 54 Republicans and 46 Democrats in the Senate, so Democrats need to gain at least four seats to hold a majority.

Figuring out who will control the Senate may come down to which party takes the White House. Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman is also running for reelection to his Connecticut Senate seat. If Democrats pick up four Senate seats and Gore and Lieberman win the White House, Connecticut's GOP governor will likely appoint a Republican to replace Lieberman, giving the Republicans a 51-49 edge.

Predicted Party Gains
Democratic Low Guess
Democratic High Guess
Republican Low Guess
Republican High Guess


Congressional Quarterly
 1 seat

Armstrong Williams, conservative radio host
 1 seat

Amy Walter, political reporter, The Cook Report
 3 seats

Ben Stein, host, "Win Ben Stein's Money"
 2 seats

Tony Snow, host, Fox's "News Roundtable"
 2 seats

William Saletan, reporter, Slate
 3 seats

Peggy Noonan, columnist/author
 1 seat

Christopher Matthews, host, MSNBC's "Hardball"
 2 seats

Mary Matalin, co-host, CNN's "Crossfire"
 0 seats

Michael Lewis-Beck
 2 seats

Celinda Lake, Democratic pollster
 4 seats

William Kristol, editor, Weekly Standard
 1 seats

David Bostis, analyst, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
 3 seats

Sen. Bob Torricelli, chairman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
 1-2 seats

Morton Kondracke, Fox News Sunday
 1-2 seats

Ken Rudin, NPR political editor
 1-3 seats

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