All of the Republicans from the Democratic wave year of 2006 have been re-elected, including soon-to-be House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
Some of the Republicans have been mentioned as potential Senate candidates for 2012. Minnesota observers have wondered whether Rep. Michele Bachmann will challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat also first elected to Congress in 2006. The Congresswoman raised $13.3 million in the 2010 cycle and defeated her Democratic challenger by 12 points. She’s also considered a viable statewide contender because she still had nearly $2 million in the bank as of Nov. 22. Bachmann’s rising national profile and the possibility of Minnesota losing a seat in the House make a Senate run logical.
Strong fundraising also has prompted speculation that Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) would challenge Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), who was first elected to the Senate in 2006 after serving seven terms in the House.
Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is rumored to be considering a primary challenge to Sen. John Ensign, who has battled months of bad publicity and legal fallout following an affair with a staffer.