Fire it up, lets go! Everyone’s vote matters! Congress is made up of 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 100 seats in the Senate. Heading into the 2014 election, Democrats currently control the U.S. Senate with a 8 seat lead (with two Independents in the mix) while Republicans are the majority in the U.S. House with a 17 seat lead.
For Republicans to take the majority in the Senate, they need 6 seats held by Democrats while retaining control of the 14 seats that already have. Unfortunately for the Democrats 7 of the open Senate seats held by their incumbents are in red states (Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota West Virginia). Additionally, they need 17 seats to take majority control of the U.S. House..
Here are a few tools to help you make an informative decisions.
To track what candidates in your state are running for election/re-election click the title above provided by Ballotpedia: Once you select the link you will find individual state tabs that contain names of candidates who are running for U.S. Congress in 2014. The names are broken out by state, chamber and party.
Are you interested in knowing who’s going to be on the ballot in your state before going to the polls? Ballotpedia has a great tool that gives you the ability to do just that! Just click title above: Enter your address and ZIP code to find the candidates running for Congressional, State Executive and State Legislative office in your district. Ballotpedia also gives you the ability to view each candidate’s profile.
Are you interested in knowing how your current Senator/Congressman voted in 2014? GovTrack.US gives you the ability to do just that! Click the title above: Type in the name of the representative and Walla!