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2008 U.S. congressional elections

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The 2008 U.S. congressional elections

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The 2008 U.S. congressional elections took place on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. All 435 House districts and 33 Senate seats featured an election. This page is part of the Congresspedia Wiki the Vote project, and serves as a repository for our coverage of the 2008 elections.

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2008 Election information

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Changes in power

Totals*
Party
House
Senate
2008
2009
Change
2008
2009
Change
Democrats 233 257 +21 Dems 51** 58** +7 Dems
Republicans 202 178 49 41

2008 election results

State
Party
House
Senate
2008
2009
Change
2008
2009
Change
Alabama Democrats 2 3 +1 Dems 0 0 No change
Republicans 5 4 2 2
Alaska
Democrats 0 0 No change 0 1 +1 Dems
Republicans 1 1 2 1
Arizona Democrats 4 5 +1 Dems 0 0 No change
Republicans 4 2 2 2
Arkansas Democrats 3 3 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 1 1 0 0
California Democrats 34 34 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 19 19 0 0
Colorado Democrats 4 5 +1 Dems 1 2 +1 Dems
Republicans 3 2 1 0
Connecticut Democrats 4 5 +1 Dems 2 2 No change
Republicans 1 0 0 0
Delaware Democrats 0 0 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 1 1 0 0
District of Columbia Democrats 1 1 No change n/a n/a n/a
Republicans 0 0 n/a n/a
Florida Democrats 9 10 +1 Dems 1 1 No change
Republicans 16 15 1 1
Georgia Democrats 6 6 No change 0 0 No change
Republicans 7 7 2 2
Hawaii Democrats 2 2 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 0 0 0 0
Idaho Democrats 0 1 +1 Dems 0 0 No change
Republicans 2 1 2 2
Illinois Democrats 11 12 +1 Dems 2 2 No change
Republicans 8 7 0 0
Indiana Democrats 5 5 No change 1 1 No change
Republicans 4 4 1 1
Iowa Democrats 3 3 No change 1 1 No change
Republicans 2 2 1 1
Kansas Democrats 2 1 +1 GOP 0 0 No change
Republicans 2 3 2 2
Kentucky Democrats 2 2 No change 0 0 No change
Republicans 4 4 2 2
Louisiana Democrats 3 1 + 2 GOP 1 1 No change
Republicans 4 6 1 1
Maine Democrats 2 2 No change 1 1 No change
Republicans 0 0 1 1
Maryland Democrats 6 7 +1 Dems 2 2 No change
Republicans 2 1 0 0
Mass. Democrats 10 10 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 0 0 0 0
Michigan Democrats 6 8 +2 Dems 2 2 No change
Republicans 9 7 0 0
Minnesota
(Senate in play)
Democrats 5 5 No change 1 1 In play
Republicans 3 3 1 1
Mississippi Democrats 3 3 No change 0 0 No change
Republicans 1 1 2 2
Missouri Democrats 4 4 No change 1 1 No change
Republicans 5 5 1 1
Montana Democrats 0 0 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 1 1 0 0
Nebraska Democrats 0 0 No change 1 1 No change
Republicans 3 3 1 1
Nevada Democrats 1 2 +1 Dems 1 1 No change
Republicans 2 1 1 1
New Hampshire Democrats 2 2 No change 0 1 +1 Dems
Republicans 0 0 2 1
New Jersey Democrats 7 8 +1 Dems 2 2 No change
Republicans 6 5 0 0
New Mexico Democrats 1 3 +2 Dems 1 2 +1 Dems
Republicans 2 0 1 0
New York Democrats 23 26 +3 Dems 2 2 No change
Republicans 6 3 0 0
North Carolina Democrats 7 8 +1 Dems 0 1 +1 Dems
Republicans 6 5 2 1
North Dakota Democrats 1 1 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 0 0 0 0
Ohio Democrats 7 10 +3 Dems 1 1 No change
Republicans 11 8 1 1
Oklahoma Democrats 1 0 + 1 GOP 0 0 No change
Republicans 4 5 2 2
Oregon Democrats 4 4 No change 1 2 +1 Dems
Republicans 1 1 1 0
Pennsylvania Democrats 11 12 +1 Dems 1 1 No change
Republicans 8 7 1 1
Rhode Island Democrats 2 2 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 0 0 0 0
South Carolina Democrats 2 2 No change 0 0 No change
Republicans 4 4 2 2
South Dakota Democrats 1 1 No change 1 1 No change
Republicans 0 0 1 1
Tennessee Democrats 5 5 No change 0 0 No change
Republicans 4 4 2 2
Texas Democrats 13 12 +1 GOP 0 0 No change
Republicans 19 20 2 2
Utah Democrats 1 1 No change 0 0 No change
Republicans 2 2 2 2
Vermont Democrats 1 1 No change 1 1 No change
Republicans 0 0 0 0
Virginia Democrats 3 6 +3 Dems 1 2 +1 Dems
Republicans 8 5 1 0
Washington Democrats 6 6 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 3 3 0 0
West Virginia Democrats 2 2 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 1 1 0 0
Wisconsin Democrats 5 5 No change 2 2 No change
Republicans 3 3 0 0
Wyoming Democrats 0 0 No change 0 0 No change
Republicans 1 1 2 2
*One race is still in play:

**Includes Sens. Bernie Sanders and Joseph Lieberman, Independents who caucus with the Democrats.


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External articles

  • John J. Miller, "It’s Never Too Early. An early glance at Senate races, two years out," National Review Online, December 4, 2006.
  • Lane Hudson, "Liddy Out in '08," News for the Left Blogspot, December 4, 2006: "Republicans already face a disaster in waiting in the next election for the Senate. The Republicans have 21 seats to defend and the Dems have only 11 incumbents to protect. And YES, I believe that ALL Democratic Senators will be seeking re-election. In alphabetical order, here are the hurdles that Republicans face in 2008."