U.S. citizens are gearing up for the 2014 midterm elections — the nation-wide voting that takes place midway through the president’s four-year term. Currently, Republicans hold the majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, while Democrats have a majority in the U.S. Senate. On November 4, Americans will vote to elect 435 members of the House of Representatives, 36 U.S. Senators, governors of 36 states, and thousands of state and local officials.
What is at stake?
Currently, Republicans control the House of Representatives and Democrats control the Senate:
|Current House||Current Senate|
|233 Republicans||45 Republicans|
|199 Democrats||53 Democrats|
|3 vacancies||2 Independents|
218 seats needed for majority
51 seats needed for majority
|(All 435 House seats up for election)||(36 of 100 Senate seats up for election)|
|Republicans hold 15 of the 36 contested seats, Democrats hold 21|
governors in 36 of the 50 states
|Seats are currently held by:||22 Republicans||13 Democrats||1 Independent|
WHO CAN VOTE?
All U.S. citizens 18 and older who are registered to vote