Labor Day usually marks the election season’s turn to the finish line. With only 57 days until the election, both parties are focusing on the biggest battle of the year – which party will control the Senate. There are 13 Senate races which will determine control of the Senate. They are Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. These states only represent 18% of the U.S. population. Republicans need to gain six seats to take control of the Senate. Eleven of the 13 critical states are currently held by Democrats.
In the House, it is estimated that 365 of the 435 House elections are likely to be non-competitive. This is because there is no opponent or one with little chance of winning. Election experts believe at this time there are only 20 House races that are truly tossups and another 50 somewhat competitive. If this trend continues until the election, it would be lowest number of competitive House races since the 2004 election.