|Polls and a new candidate have altered the Senate electoral landscape in Election Projection's latest numbers for the
2012 Senate election. Republican Challenger Connie Mack IV is polling 6 points ahead of
Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in Florida, and in Missouri, Democrat Claire McCaskill is running behind several possible Republican nominees. And then there's Maine. Former
Governor Angus King, an Independent, has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed outgoing Republican Olympia Snowe. With his decision to run, he vaults immediately into the
frontrunner slot in that race.
As a result of these updates, Republicans are projected to enjoy a 52-46-2 majority in the Senate. That tally includes six Republican takeovers (FL, MO, MT, ND, NE, WI), one
Democratic gain (CT - from IND) and the Independent takeover in Maine. The GOP is benefiting from the fact that out of 33 senate races this year, they must defend only 10.
In fact, even as Election Projection currently gives President Obama the edge in the
2012 presidential election, this is shaping up to be a potentially huge year for Republicans in the
Senate. In addition to the six seats they are projected to win, Hawaii, New Mexico and Virginia are also in play. On the other hand, only two Republican seats other than
Maine are in the mix, Massachusetts and Nevada.