Here are Five Key Senate Races to Watch in 2024 as Republicans and Democrats Vie for Control of the Senate

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The battle for control of the Senate in the upcoming election cycle is shaping up to be a challenging one for Democrats. With a narrow majority of 51-49 (including three independent senators who align with the left), Democrats are facing a tough fight to maintain control.

Republicans need to gain two seats to take back control of the Senate, or one seat along with winning the White House, as the vice president can cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate. The retirement of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., is seen as a likely pickup for Republicans, as West Virginia is a deep-red state.

Compounding the challenge for Democrats is the fact that all of the most vulnerable Senate seats up for election this cycle are currently held by Democrats. This means that Democrats will be largely on the defensive in this election cycle, trying to protect their seats in states that may be more favorable to Republicans.

Republicans and Democrats (Credits: The Wall Street Journal)

Jessica Taylor, Senate editor at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, has noted that Democrats are facing a particularly challenging cycle, with the need to defend seats in states that may lean Republican. This dynamic could make it difficult for Democrats to maintain their majority in the Senate.

Overall, the battle for control of the Senate in the upcoming election cycle is expected to be closely contested, with both parties fighting for every seat.

Democrats will need to mount a strong defense to protect their majority, while Republicans will be looking to capitalize on opportunities to gain seats and potentially take back control of the Senate.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.