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2012 Election Map: The race for Senate control

Republicans need a net gain of four seats in November to win control of the Senate. There are 33 seats up for reelection in 2012, but only seven are considered tossups. Explore the races and the economic and demographic data that could have an impact on the election. Read analysis by The Fix



Seat projections by The Fix

  •  not up for election
  •  solid
  •  leaning
  •  tossup
  •  solid
  •  not up for election

Over 50 seats needed for majority

current Democrats

current Independents*

current Republicans

Number of seats

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  •  won in close races
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Needed to win: 270

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Senate seats

of potential voters
live in these states

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Who lives there

2012 candidates

Non-race year

How they voted

Year Party Winner Votes Pct

* Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) caucus with the Democrats.

SOURCES: AP; U.S. Census; Bureau of Labor Statistics; National Conference of State Legislatures; Ohio Secretary of State's Office; Oklahoma State Election Board; D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Map powered by Leaflet.
GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews, Aaron Blake, Laris Karklis, Ted Mellnik, Serdar Tumgoren, Sisi Wei and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published Aug. 27, 2012.

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