At the moment, Republicans are gearing up to take back several seats they lost in 2006. Allen is running for his old seat in Virginia, while Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) is taking on Sen. Jon Tester (D). Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), another first-term Democrat, has already drawn a couple of candidates, including former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and former House candidate Ed Martin.
Other Democratic seats could be vulnerable as well. If Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) runs, he will likely face Attorney General Jon Bruning (R), who is amassing a grass-roots campaign team to compete in all corners of the state. Republicans are also waiting on former Rep. Heather Wilson in New Mexico and former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, both of whom would give the party a chance for victory.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.