Democrats and Republicans are amassing enormous war chests for a midterm battle that will decide who controls the Senate for the remainder of President Obama’s term.
Republicans need a net gain of six seats to reclaim the Senate majority, and are gunning for Democratic incumbents in conservative-leaning states like Arkansas, Alaska, North Carolina, West Virginia and Louisiana.
Democrats are mostly playing defense, but see a few opportunities to peel away seats from the GOP column.
Here are the five Senate races to watch in 2014.
Republicans are facing a crowded primary in Georgia’s Senate race that could cause fallout across the electoral map.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ (R-Ga.) retirement announcement prompted eight Republicans to jump into the party’s primary, and all of them are jockeying for support from the GOP’s right flank.
The candidates include three Georgia congressmen: Reps. Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun and Jack Kingston.
Democrats are hopeful that whichever candidate emerges will have cut too far to the right to remain competitive in the general election. They think they could win the seat with former nonprofit CEO Michelle Nunn, who has built-in name recognition from her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn (D).