Senate Races to Watch on Election Night
October 10, 2010
The political season kicks into high gear tomorrow with all of the candidates in all 67 Congressional districts and one of the most important Senate races in history.
Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham, Senator and presidential candidate John McCain and Democratic candidate Joe Lieberman are set to seek reelection in their respective congressional seats. The race in the Connecticut primary was so close that a recount was ordered on Monday. The race in the New England Senate race is the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history. President Barack Obama is looking to win his third straight election by keeping the seat in the same party, while McCain looks to regain the U.S. Senate seat he held for two decades.
All six races will have national media attention and, since we’re talking about big money, the race in New Jersey will certainly get the most out of the TV cameras.
Here is a look at the most important races on Election Day.
Graham vs. McCain – Graham, the Senate Majority Leader, is seeking his 10th full term to serve as chairman of the powerful Finance Committee. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee and the 2008 Republican nominee, is seeking his 14th Senate term. The most expensive Senate race in U.S. history is the one in the race for the seat that became vacant after the death of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye. McCain has raised $6.8 million from a $14 million bank account to Graham $2.8 million. The two Republican candidates do not agree on what can be done to fix the nation’s financial system. Both have called for action on new economic solutions. Graham has called for an overhaul of the nation’s tax code, increased tax deductions and more government spending. McCain has called for a smaller government. The race has been viewed as a referendum on the health care industry, particularly for insurance companies, which have lobbied furiously for the McCain candidacy.
Graham vs. Obama – Graham is seeking re-election for his 10th full term in the Senate. McCain is seeking his 14th Senate term. The most expensive Senate race in U.S. history is the one in the race for the seat that became vacant when the late Al Gore decided not to seek reelection