Sen. Chuck Hagel is poised to announce he will retire next year and not seek another term in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Hagel's decision throws what would have been a safe Republican seat back into the "up for grabs" column.
Next year is going to be very interesting. If the Democrats can pick up nine seats in the U.S. Senate, then they and their independent allies will control sixty seats. This, coupled with a Democratic majority in the House and a Democratic President in the White House, could finally bring this nation some much needed reforms.
There are thirty four Senate elections next year; of those seats 22 are held by Republicans and 12 by Democrats. With the nation hungry for a change and with a generic Democrat beating a generic Republican by 18% in at least one recent poll, anything could happen. Democrats should easily hold onto their 12 seats and they would have to win less than half of the Republican seats next year to reach the magic number: 60 seats in the U.S. Senate.
Is it just me or does it seem like at least one Republican legislator quits every week? Who will drop out next week? Sen. Stevens? Rep. Doolittle? Rep. Lewis?