2008 Senate Race Filing Deadlines
|01/11/08||Mississippi||With Trent Lott's impending resignation, but the special election date up in the air, candidates for not just Thad Cochran's seat but also Lott's seat may have to file for Election Day '08 by January 11. We'll know for sure by then which Democrats will run (or at least will formally keep such options open, as they can ostensibly withdraw from the race at any time).|
|01/29/08||Kentucky||Will state Attorney General Greg Stumbo or businessmen Charlie Owen or Greg Fischer make it official? More intriguingly, will Larry Forgy or any other Republicans challenge Mitch McConnell to a primary?|
|03/03/08||Nebraska||Will the Draft Scott Kleeb effort achieve their desired goal?|
|03/11/08||Oregon||Will Gordon Smith see a primary challenge from Bill Sizemore?|
|03/14/08||Iowa||Will Tom Latham or Steve King sacrifice their House seats to martyr themselves before the House-member-crushing juggernaut that is Senator Tom Harkin?|
|03/21/08||Idaho||Is it possible that Larry Craig might want to keep his options open and file just in case?|
|03/31/08||South Carolina||Who will be the biggest-name South Carolina Republican to join the Senate primary against Lindsey Graham?|
|05/30/08||Wyoming||Will any Senate-appointment seekers challenge Senate-appointee John Barrasso to a primary? Will any Wyoming Democrats show up to challenge Barrasso, much less Mike Enzi?|
|06/02/08||Alaska||Popular Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has plenty of time to make up his mind on a race, while Ted Stevens remains buried under the weight of his scandals and investigations.|
|07/25/08||Delaware||Senator Joe Biden should have long since bailed from his Presidential campaign before this date so that he can focus on Senate re-election.|
* The Virginia Republican Party has chosen to nominate its Senate candidate via convention rather than via primary election.
** Minnesota Democrats will hold a statewide convention on June 6-8, 2008. Traditionally, the party endorses candidates at the convention. These endorsees become all-but-official nominees, usually rendering the primary a mere formality.