They included:. With a total net gain of nine seats, the Republicans made the largest Senate gain by any party since 1980. As no candidate won a majority of the vote, a runoff was held on December 6, 2014.  Term limited Republican Governor Dave Heineman considered running for the Republican nomination, but ultimately decided not to do so. His Republican opponent was engineer Kevin Wade, whom Coons went on to defeat in the general election. They included the U.S. Senate races in North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia and Arkansas. , On April 10, 2014, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned from her post as a result of the troubled rollout of Obamacare. , Upon arrival at the House, the bill was altered by focusing solely on the farm programs and did not include the food stamp program.. However, Coburn announced his intention to resign at the end of the 113th Congress. Durbin ran for a fourth term..  State Representative Jim Abeler, St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, co-CEO of Lazard Middle Market Mike McFadden, bison farmer and former hair salon owner Monti Moreno, state Senator Julianne Ortman, and U.S. Navy reservist Phillip Parrish ran for the Republican nomination. Republicans needed to win at least eight in order to gain a majority of 51 seats and Democrats needed to win at least seven in order to hold a majority of 50 seats (including the two independents who currently caucus with the Democrats and the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Joe Biden. This meant that at least 10 seats would have a different occupant in January 2015. The 2014 United States Senate election in Alaska took place on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Alaska, concurrently with the election of the governor of Alaska, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Senator, Primary Election", "Mississippi Senate race 2014: Guessing game over Thad Cochran run", "Tea Party Candidate Challenges Thad Cochran", "Mississippi's G.O.P.  Shenna Bellows, former Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, was the Democratic nominee. They succeeded in obtaining the majority. Amanda Swafford, a former Flowery Branch, Georgia city councilwoman, received the Libertarian Party of Georgia nomination. , The DSCC outraised the NRSC, $6.3 million to $6.04 million. Roberts sought a fourth term. Senator Larry Pressler and Republican State Senator Gordon Howie ran as independents. The party held all three competitive Republican-held seats (Kentucky, Kansas, and Georgia), and defeated incumbent Democrats in North Carolina, Colorado, and Arkansas.  Cochran was the last incumbent Senator to declare his plans, leading to widespread speculation that he might announce his retirement. Republican Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, 2010 nominee Joe Miller, State Natural Resources Commissioner Daniel S. Sullivan, and Air Force veteran John Jaramillo ran for the GOP nomination.  Alameel won the run-off and was the Democratic nominee. , Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light and the daughter of former U.S. , Political activist Derrick Grayson, Representatives Jack Kingston of Georgia's 1st congressional district, Paul Broun of Georgia's 10th congressional district, and Phil Gingrey of Georgia's 11th congressional district all declared their candidacy for the Republican nomination, as did former Secretary of State Karen Handel and wealthy businessman David Perdue, cousin of former Governor Sonny Perdue. The 2014 United States Senate election in Arkansas was held on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the state of Arkansas, concurrently with the election of the Governor of Arkansas, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. The penalty, payable to the federal government, for not being enrolled in a health insurance plan by March 31 was either $95 or 1 percent of income, whichever is greater. , The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. Of all these seats, 21 were held by Democrats and 15 were held by Republicans.  Shaheen defeated Republican nominee Scott Brown, who had represented neighboring Massachusetts in the Senate from 2010 to 2013. ", The first official report from the Obama administration was released November 13, 2013, covering October enrollment numbers.  State Senator Connie Johnson was the Democratic nominee. 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