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US Election: More at stake in US election than just the presidency


As US President George W. Bush and Democratic Senator John Kerry reached for the finish line in their campaigns yesterday, more was at stake than just who will be moving into the White House.

Bush and Kerry are on the ballot in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Independent Ralph Nader is on the ballot in 34 states and the District of Columbia; he is listed as a write-in candidate in Texas.

Voters in 34 states will choose a senator for a six-year term, with 19 Democratic seats and 15 Republican seats at stake. Open Democratic seats were in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina. Open Republican seats were in Colorado, Illinois and Oklahoma. Currently, Republicans have the majority, 51-48, with one Democratic-leaning independent.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election. Republicans hold 227 seats, Democrats 205, with one Democratic-leaning independent and two vacancies in Republican-held seats.

Governorships are at stake in 11 states. Democrats hold three -- Delaware, Indiana and North Carolina. Republicans hold three -- North Dakota, New Hampshire and Vermont. In five states -- Missouri, Montana, Utah, Washington and West Virginia -- the current governor is not seeking re-election.

About 5,800 legislative seats -- 80 percent of the national total -- are up for grabs in 44 states. A shift of as few as three seats could alter party control in 25 of the 84 chambers being contested, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Republicans control both legislative chambers in 21 states, Democrats control both in 17, and control is divided in 11. Nebraska has a unicameral and officially nonpartisan legislature.

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