Campaign 2006: Election Guide

On Nov. 7, every seat in the House and 1 in 3 in the Senate will be up for grabs. Voters in 37 states will test ballot propositions

THE HOUSE

These eight bellwethers may tell you how big Democratic gains will be on election night

Republicans 232 Democrats 201 Independent 1 Vacant 1

NEW MEXICO

*Attorney general Patricia Madrid (D )

*Rep. Heather Wilson (R)

This swing district may reveal how much Iraq costs the G.O.P.: Wilson is an independent centrist with strong security cred; Madrid's campaign has been all about the war.

CONNECTICUT

*Ex--1st Selectwoman Diane Farrell (D)

*Rep. Chris Shays (R)

Shays, a well-liked moderate, has served 19 years in Congress but is faltering in this anti-Bush year as Farrell has relentlessly attacked...

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