Republicans currently hold a 54 46 advantage over Democrats in the Senate, making the GOP grip on the Senate precarious at best. With the election a little less than eight months away, Republicans also have more vulnerable seats up for reelection, leaving many analysts speculating the Democrats will retake the chamber. Following are the races bankers need to watch.
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, is viewed as one of the most vulnerable candidates in the 2016 election cycle. Kirk is a freshman in the Senate after having served in the House for ten years prior to 2010. But Kirk won his Senate seat during a non-presidential election year in a state that usually tilts toward Democrats. His top challenger is Democrat Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraqi war veteran and pilot who received a Purple Heart after losing both her legs when her helicopter was shot down.