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United States Senate elections, 1844

The United States Senate election of 1844 was an election which, coinciding with James K. Polk's election, had the Democratic Party retake control of the United States Senate, gaining a net total of eleven seats from the Whigs.

As this election was prior to ratification of the seventeenth amendment, Senators were chosen by State legislatures.

Results

29th Congress (1845–1847)

  • Majority Party: Democratic (34)
  • Minority Party: Whig (22)
  • Other Parties: (0)
  • Vacant: (2)
  • Total Seats: 58

Change in Senate composition

Before the elections
D D D D D V V
D D D D D D D D D D
W L D D D D D D D D
W ←Majority
W W W W W W W W W
W W W W W W W W W W
W W W W W W V
 
Beginning of the next Congress
D D D D D V V
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
←Majority
D W W W W W W W W W
W W W W W W W W W W
W W W V V
Key:
D = Democratic
L = Law and Order
W = Whig
V = Vacant
Majority
divider

See also

References

  • Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present, via Senate.gov


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