Democ­rats dom­i­nate list of most vul­ner­a­ble Sen­ate seats

Sev­en Sen­ate Democ­rats hold what are con­sid­ered to be the most vul­ner­a­ble Sen­ate seats head­ing into the 2024 elec­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly cen­trist Democ­rats who remain unpop­u­lar in their deep-red states that vot­ed for for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in 2020.
A list com­piled by Roll Call deter­mined that sev­en Demo­c­ra­t­ic, one inde­pen­dent, and two Repub­li­can sen­a­tors are the top 10 most vul­ner­a­ble seats next year. Some of the sen­a­tors select­ed are like­ly tar­gets to be replaced fol­low­ing fed­er­al inves­ti­ga­tions, while oth­ers’ ten­den­cy to remain in the mid­dle is being cap­i­tal­ized on by Repub­li­cans who claim they do not rep­re­sent the wish­es of their con­stituents.
Sen. Bob Menen­dez (D‑NJ) unsur­pris­ing­ly tops the list. He recent­ly plead­ed not guilty to con­spir­ing to act as a for­eign agent on behalf of the Egypt­ian gov­ern­ment, as well as oth­er cor­rup­tion-relat­ed charges. Menen­dez and his wife are accused of accept­ing bribes from New Jer­sey busi­ness­men that includ­ed hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in cash, gold bars, a lux­u­ry vehi­cle, and more, accord­ing to the indict­ment.
Since then, Menen­dez’s reelec­tion poll rat­ings have dropped sig­nif­i­cant­ly, and Rep. Andy Kim (D‑NJ) has joined the race, out­rais­ing Menen­dez dur­ing the third quar­ter. Menend …