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6 Highly Competitive Races for the US Senate

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Entering Arizona from Nevada. both states are toss-ups in the 2018 race for the U.S. Senate. (Franco Ricci/Dreamstime)

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 05:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

With the final votes to be cast in less than a week, six races for the U.S. Senate remain highly competitive. At ScottRasmussen.com, five Senate races are rated as pure toss-ups, and one other is barely tilting toward the Democrats.

The toss-ups are in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, and Nevada. Arizona and Nevada are currently represented by Republican senators, while the other three are held by Democrats. All but Nevada were won by President Trump in 2016.

Montana is barely tilting toward the Democrats. Incumbent Jon Tester (D) is trying to hang on in a state that the president won by a 56 percent to 21 percent margin.

All six races are close enough to be determined by turnout.

If the Democrats were to win all six states, it is likely that both parties would hold 50 seats in the Senate. Republicans would retain control because the Constitution gives Vice President Mike Pence the authority to cast the tie-breaking vote.

If the Republicans were to win all six states, they would end up with an expanded 56 to 44 majority in the Senate.

That would make it difficult for the Democrats to win control in 2020 as well.

Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology. Columns published on Ballotpedia reflect the views of the author.

Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is the author of "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System," "In Search of Self-Governance," and "The People’s Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt." Read more reports from Scott Rasmussen — Click Here Now.

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If the Republicans were to win all six states, they would end up with an expanded 56 to 44 majority in the Senate. That would make it difficult for the Democrats to win control in 2020.
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