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

North Dakota

Republican Gov. John Hoeven will seek to become only the second person in state history to hold the governor's mansion for 12 years and the first to win three four-year terms. Hoeven is considered a strong favorite over his only declared opposition, state Sen. Tim Mathern.

2004 results: President Bush won the state's three electoral votes with 63% of the vote.


A number of competitive House races could impact the balance of power in Congress. Republican Reps. Deborah Pryce and Ralph Regula will not seek re-election. Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy, a Franklin County commissioner, lost a close race against Pryce in 2006 and looks to be the 2008 favorite with no Republican candidate yet declared. Competition for the seat Regula will have held for 36 years should be stiff. State Sen. Kirk Schuring is running to replace Regula and state Sen. Ron Amstutz, a fellow Republican, could also run. Democratic state Sen. John Boccieri is also running.

In addition to the close open seat races, some incumbents might have tough re-election fights. Rep. Zack Space, a Democrat in a Republican-leaning district, is in the sights of three GOP hopefuls, including former Ohio Department of Agriculture director Fred Dailey. After garnering only 52% of the vote in his 2006 re-election, Republican Rep. Steve Chabot is being targeted by Democratic state Rep. Steve Driehaus.

2004 results: President Bush won the state's 20 electoral votes with 51% of the vote.


Sen. James Inhofe has drawn the ire of environmental groups by calling global warming a "hoax," but that's not likely to hurt the Republican's re-election chances. His only Democratic challenger thus far is first-term state Sen. Andrew Rice.

2004 results: President Bush won the state's seven electoral votes with 66% of the vote.


Sen. Gordon Smith is the only Republican holding statewide office in Oregon. State House Speaker Jeff Merkley and Steve Novick, a lawyer and activist, will compete for the Democratic senatorial nomination. Smith's $4 million campaign war chest dwarfs those of his Democratic opponents.

2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the state's seven electoral votes with 52% of the vote.


After picking up four House seats in 2006, Democrats could have a tough time holding them. Rep. Jason Altmire, who unseated Republican Melissa Hart in 2006, will face her again if she wins the primary. Former football star Lynn Swann also is considering a run against Altmire. National Republicans are helping Hart raise money and running newspaper ads against Altmire and Democratic Rep. Chris Carney. Carney ousted Republican Don Sherwood after Sherwood admitted to having a mistress. Two businessmen, Dan Meuser and Chris Hackett, will compete to bring the Republican-leaning district into that party's control. Democrats are targeting Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach, who narrowly won re-election in 2004 and 2006.

2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the state's 21 electoral votes with 51% of the vote.

Rhode Island

All four members of the state's congressional delegation are Democrats, and registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans more than two to one in Rhode Island. Gov. Donald Carcieri is a Republican, but he must work with veto-proof Democratic majorities in both the state House and Senate. Sen. Jack Reed is up for re-election in 2008, but with no announced opponent and more than $2.7 million to campaign with, he is no soft target for Republicans.

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