With the retirement of Republican Sen. John Warner, former Democratic governor Mark Warner looks to be the favorite to take his seat. Mark Warner, who is not related to John Warner, raised more than $1 million in less than three weeks between declaring his candidacy and filing a September fundraising report. Jim Gilmore, also a former governor, has expressed interest on the GOP side. Democrats see Republican Rep. Thelma Drake, who only narrowly won re-election in 2006, as potentially vulnerable but have yet to find a candidate to challenge her.
2004 results: President Bush won the state's 13 electoral votes with 54% of the vote.
After losing the first two counts, Democrat Chris Gregoire won the governor's mansion by 129 votes on a hand recount in 2004. Republicans are trying to draft her 2004 opponent, former state senator Dino Rossi, for another run, but he has yet to announce a decision. Republicans have criticized Gregoire for holding town-hall-style meetings around the state, saying it amounts to a taxpayer-funded campaign. Republican Rep. Dave Reichert narrowly kept his seat after a strong 2004 challenge from Democrat Darcy Burner. Burner plans to face Reichert again and has already gotten fundraising support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the state's 11 electoral votes with 53% of the vote.
The state's Democratic governor and one of its Democratic senators are up for re-election, but neither should have a difficult race. Gov. Joe Manchin, who enjoys strong approval ratings, will likely face Republican Bob Adams, a small-business owner. With Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito announcing in May that she will not leave her House seat, Republicans are scrambling for a viable challenger to Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
2004 results: President Bush won the state's five electoral votes with 56% of the vote.
In 2006, Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen edged out Republican John Gard, former speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, to win his seat. Kagen is expected to face Gard again. After losing four state Senate seats and majority status in the upper chamber in 2006, Republicans will look to retake control, with 16 of 33 state Senate seats up for election. Sen. John Kerry won Wisconsin's electoral votes in 2004, edging out President Bush by less than half a percentage point. The state could be competitive in the 2008 presidential race.
2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the state's 10 electoral votes with 50% of the vote.
The June death of Republican Sen. Craig Thomas from leukemia forced a special election that will result in races for all three seats in the state's congressional delegation. Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican who was chosen to replace Thomas, will participate in the special election but has no declared opponent yet. Republican Sen. Mike Enzi won his last re-election bid with 73% of the vote and also has yet to draw a Democratic challenger. Republican Rep. Barbara Cubin won her seventh term by just more than 1,000 votes in 2006. Her Democratic opponent in that election, Gary Trauner, has said he will oppose Cubin again.
2004 results: President Bush won the state's three electoral votes with 70% of the vote.