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2016 US Senate Elections


Tuesday, 8 November 2016 is for other local and state elections other than US presidential elections including the upcoming gubernatorial election and 2016 house election. There are total 100 seats in the Senate and elections for these seats are held in three classes; class I (33 seats), class II (33 seats) and class III (34 seats).

The incumbency of a Senator (members of the Senate are known as Senators) is 6 years and the elections are organized for each class in every two years. There is no such rule of terms for Senators like twenty-second reclamation in the US constitution. 2016 US Senate elections will be held for class III which has 34 seats and the party needs to win at least 51 out of 100 seats to acquire the majority in Senate. At present, the Republicans hold the majority with 54 seats in Senate.

Based upon the amendments of US constitution, the requirements for participating in US Senate election are:

  The candidate should be the citizen of United States for nine years.
  The minimum age limit for the Senate elections is 30 years.
  A petition with some legitimate signatures.
  The fee to deposit for participation.

In the US Senate elections 2016, The Democratic Party is setting their goal to secure a maximum number of seats to succeed the majority whereas the Republican Party is in need to work harder to preserve the diadem of majority in Senate. In order to compete against each other, both parties are enlisting some new and competent contenders to enhance the strength of the party.

The US presidential elections will coincide with the upcoming Senate elections and this concurrency will certainly leave an impact on both these elections because US Senators who are participating in US presidential elections 2016 probably will not participate in re-elections for Senate.

For example, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are the Senators who have announced their candidacies for presidential election. Senator Rand Paul has decided to seek for both US Senate and the presidential elections in 2016. The Republican Party is confident that Rand Paul can handle both campaigns concurrently. On the contrary, Marco Rubio is no going to seek the re-election in the upcoming US Senate elections in 2016.

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