With the holiday season in full swing and 2014 just around the corner, we're counting down the top 10 races you need to know about headed into 2014.

Today, we take a closer look at the No. 8 entry on our list.

The race for U.S. Senate in Alaska!

Sean Sullivan takes a look at a Senate race where a Democratic incumbent is facing a packed Republican primary field. (The Washington Post)

(And a big thanks to PostTV’s Victoria Lewis for her working on producing this video countdown.)

Here’s our rundown, which will be updated as we go:

10. Illinois governor

9. Idaho’s 2nd district

8. Alaska Senate

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