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There are six open seats in Congress, and six Special Elections are scheduled over the next 3 months:
|Illinois 14th||March 8, 2008||Dennis Hastert (R)|
|Indiana 7th||March 11, 2008||Julia Carson (D)|
|California 12th||April 8, 2008||Tom Lantos (D)|
|Mississippi 1st||April 22, 2008||Roger Wicker (R)|
|Louisiana 1st||May 3, 2008||Bobby Jindal (R)|
|Louisiana 6th||May 3, 2008||Richard Baker (R)|
Democrats are favored to keep the Democratic seats, and Republicans are favored in the Mississippi and Louisiana seats. The Hastert seat leans Republican, but a recent poll shows it could be very close.
And every Democratic winner automatically becomes a superdelegate, and increases the number of superdelegates, and therefore total delegates, by one over the current numbers.
Note: The CA-12 election is an open primary, If no candidate gets a majority, a run-off will be held on June 3. The MS-1 is also an open primary, with the run-off scheduled for May 13.
Update: The latest poll in IL-14 has Foster (D) leading 45-41 over Oberweis (R). Picking up Hastert's seat would be a huge win for the Democrats.
Update 2: Foster is running ads featuring Obama's endorsement, and being from Illinois, Foster is a lock to support Obama should he win.