United States Senate elections, 1908

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United States Senate elections, 1908
United States
1906 ←
1908
→ 1910

30 of the 92 seats in the United States Senate
46 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 61 seats 31 seats
Seats won 60 32
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 1

Majority Party before election


Republican

Elected Majority Party


Republican

Some states elected their Senators directly even before passage of the 17th Amendment in 1913. Oregon pioneered direct election and experimented with different measures over several years until it succeeded in 1907. Soon after, Nebraska followed suit and laid the foundation for other states to adopt measures reflecting the people's will. By 1912, as many as 29 states elected senators either as nominees of their party's primary or in conjunction with a general election. The Republicans lost one seat to the Democrats.

Results[edit]

Senate Party Division, 61st Congress (1909–1911):

  • Majority Party: Republican (60 seats)
  • Minority Party: Democratic (32 seats)
  • Other Parties: 0
  • Total Seats: 92

Change in Senate composition[edit]

Before the elections
D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R
R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R
In the next Congress
D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R
R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R
Key:
D = Democratic
R = Republican
Majority
divider

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