Senate Democrats Nearly Run Table in Recruitment

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's entrance into the Granite State Senate contest, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has secured nearly every top-tier recruit it sought for 2016 — when Democrats will attempt to net the five seats necessary to regain control of the Senate.  

Aside from Hassan in New Hampshire, the DSCC secured strong candidates in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The DSCC also scored wins with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick's decision to run for Senate in Arizona, as well as three Democratic senators from red states forgoing gubernatorial bids in 2016.  

Heitkamp Opts to Stay in Senate, Won't Run for Governor

Heitkamp will not run for governor. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday she won't run for governor in 2016.  

According to Bismarck Tribune reporter Nick Smith, Heitkamp, speaking on her brother's Fargo, N.D., radio show, said she didn't think the time was right. https://twitter.com/NSmithReports/status/641633188264054784  

Senators Confirm Re-Election Bids for 2016

Vitter has announced a bid for governor, leaving the future of his Senate seat in flux in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 cycle could feature the fewest open Senate seats in at least a decade.  

Of the 34 senators facing re-election next year, just one has announced retirement . A CQ Roll Call survey of the entire Senate class showed only one more senator publicly undecided about re-election, plus three additional senators considering bids for other offices. Two more Senate offices did not return requests for comment on re-election plans, though Democrats are near certain one of them — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will seek another term.