United States Senate elections, 1844

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The United States Senate election of 1844 was an election which, coinciding with James K. Polk's election, had the Democratic Party retake control of the United States Senate, gaining a net total of eleven seats from the Whigs.

As this election was prior to ratification of the seventeenth amendment, Senators were chosen by State legislatures.

Results[edit]

29th Congress (1845–1847)

  • Majority Party: Democratic (34)
  • Minority Party: Whig (22)
  • Other Parties: (0)
  • Vacant: (2)
  • Total Seats: 58

Change in Senate composition[edit]

Before the elections
D D D D D V V
D D D D D D D D D D
W L D D D D D D D D
W ←Majority
W W W W W W W W W
W W W W W W W W W W
W W W W W W V
 
Beginning of the next Congress
D D D D D V V
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
←Majority
D W W W W W W W W W
W W W W W W W W W W
W W W V V
Key:
D = Democratic
L = Law and Order
W = Whig
V = Vacant
Majority
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