The 2014 mid-term US Senate election contests are continuing to look very favorable for the Republicans. Of course they initially seemed to have the upper-hand in 2012 but self-inflicted wounds (and a major assist in character destruction by the media) shifted races in Indiana and Missouri, and they lost close contests in other states. The GOP has 13 seats up for re-election and almost all of them appear relatively safe, depending on what Susan Collins opts to do in Maine. It's a different story on the Democrats side, where they have 20 seats up for re-election and 11 of them are currently viewed as competitive.
Tom Harkin's retirement in Iowa, Jay Rockefeller's retirement in West Virginia, and John Kerry's soon-to-be job change will give Republicans a fighting chance - or even a good chance - at winning these seats. The GOP would need to hold onto all of their seats and steal 6 seats from the Democrats in order to take control of the Senate. Kerry's seat will first head to a special election in 2013, which would be one of the electoral highlights this year along with the Chris Christie race in new Jersey.