Midterms 2018: Key Senate Races To Watch

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There are 35 Senate seats up for reelection in the 2018 midterms, most of which are currently held by Democrats, while the Republicans are trying to hold onto their two-seat majority. The Onion takes a look at the key Senate 2018 races to watch.


Ted Cruz vs. Beto O’Rourke (Texas):

Have Democrats finally found the perfect foil for Ted Cruz in young longshot candidate Guy Who Is Not Ted Cruz?

Dean Heller vs. Jacky Rosen (Nevada):

As the only Republican incumbent facing reelection in a state won by Hillary Clinton, Heller has the unique opportunity to demonstrate just how bad Democrats are at winning elections.

Martha McSally vs. Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona):

Whether they want to or not, Arizona’s getting their first female senator.

Kevin Cramer vs. Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota):

Heitkamp is trying to convince North Dakota voters she’s the type of “cool” Democrat who’s still totally down to ease banking regulations once in a while.


Lawrence Zupan vs. Bernie Sanders (Vermont):

Lawrence is gonna do the best he can, okay?

Patrick Morrissey vs. Joe Manchin (West Virginia):

Manchin hopes to retain his seat by touting his Democratic Party bona fides of how many past political stances he’s distanced himself from.


Josh Hawley vs. Claire McCaskill (Missouri):

Republican challenger Hawley vowed that his commitment to states’ rights extends to continuing to fight for Missouri after the United States is formally dissolved.


Marsha Blackburn vs. Phil Bredesen (Tennessee):

Ah shit, which one did Taylor Swift endorse again?

Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson (Florida):

It’s the Republican governor versus the Democratic incumbent to determine who gets to represent what’s left of Florida in Congress.