State-by-state: What's at stake in 2008

2004 results: Sen. John Kerry won the state's 55 electoral votes with 54% of the vote.

Colorado

With Republican Sen. Wayne Allard announcing he will not seek re-election, Rep. Mark Udall, hopes to become the state's second Democratic senator. Former GOP congressman Bob Schaffer also wants the job, and a recent poll showed the race in a dead heat. Udall's Senate run leaves a scramble for his seat, which lies in a heavily Democratic district.

Since her 2002 election, Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, perhaps best known nationally for her support of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, has won re-election by narrowing margins. She won in 2006 by less than 6,000 votes. Democrat Betsy Markey, a former staffer for Sen. Ken Salazar, is expected to oppose Musgrave.

The Democratic National Convention is Aug. 25-28 in Denver.

2004 results: President Bush won the state's nine electoral votes with 52% of the vote.

Connecticut

After surviving close re-elections in 2004 and 2006, Republican Rep. Christopher Shays has said he will not run again unless his party makes it worth his while — he wants the top GOP spot on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Jim Himes, a businessman, and Lee Whitnum, who wrote a book about the lavish lifestyles of hedge fund managers, are slated to compete for the Democratic nomination. Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney unseated a three-term Republican congressman by 83 votes in 2006. So far he has a significant fundraising advantage over Republican challenger Sean Sullivan, a former submarine base commander.

2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the state's seven electoral votes with 54% of the vote.

Delaware

Term limits prevent Gov. Ruth Ann Minner from seeking re-election. Top Democrats in the state, including Minner, preferred Lt. Gov. John Carney Jr. to take her place, but three-term Democratic state Treasurer Jack Markell crashed Carney's coronation, announcing his candidacy in June. The primary could be hotly contested. Republicans are circulating a petition to lure former drugstore executive Alan Levin into the race. Michael Protack, an airline pilot and party outsider who has run unsuccessfully for governor and U.S. senator, is the only Republican in the race to date.

Sen. Joseph Biden is well behind in his bid for president, but he is expected to face little opposition in a simultaneous run for re-election to the Senate.

2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the state's three electoral votes with 53% of the vote.

District of Columbia

In April, the long push by district voters and Democrats to give the nation's capital a full member in the House of Representatives seemed close to success after that body approved such a bill. But in September, the bill, sponsored by non-voting D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, fell three votes short of the 60 needed for Senate consideration and stalled. It is not clear when or if the bill will be revived.

2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the district's three electoral votes with 89% of the vote.

Florida

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