Cheat sheet: Here are the top 2016 Senate, House and Governor’s races you should pay attention to
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The 2016 elections are about more than just the White House -- control of the Senate and potentially even the House of Representatives is at stake.

To help you keep up with the most important races in the country, we've put together a handy list of all the races that will decide who has control of both Congress and governors' mansions across the country.

We have picked out the most competitive races based on ratings from the Cook Political Report, which currently projects Democrats to win between 5 to 7 Senate seats to retake the majority this year.


  • Arizona: Incumbent John McCain (R) vs. Ann Kirkpatrick (D)
  • Florida: Incumbent Marco Rubio (R) vs. Patrick Murphy (D)
  • Illinois: Incumbent Mark Kirk (R) vs. Tammy Duckworth (D)
  • Indiana: Todd Young (R) vs. Evan Bayh (D) -- incumbent Dan Coats (R) is retiring
  • Missouri: Incumbent Roy Blunt (R) vs. Jason Kander (D)
  • Nevada: Catherine Cortez-Masto (D) vs. Joe Heck (R) -- incumbent Harry Reid (D) is retiring
  • New Hampshire: Incumbent Kelly Ayotte (R) vs. Maggie Hassan (D)
  • North Carolina: Incumbent Richard Burr (R) vs. Debbie Ross (D)
  • Ohio: Incumbent Rob Portman (R) vs. Ted Strickland (D)
  • Pennsylvania: Incumbent Pat Toomey (R) vs. Katie McGinty (D)
  • Wisconsin: Incumbent Ron Johnson (R) vs. Russ Feingold (D)


  • CA-10: Incumbent Jeff Denham (R) vs. Michael Eggman (D)
  • CA-25: Incumbent Stephen Knight (R) vs. Bryan Caforio (D)
  • CA-49: Incumbent Darrell Issa (R) vs. Douglas Applegate (D)
  • FL-07: Incumbent John Mica (R) vs. Stephanie Murphy (D)
  • FL-18: Randy Perkins (D) vs. Brian Mast (R) -- incumbent Patrick Murphy (D) is running for senate
  • FL-26: Incumbent Carlos Curbelo (R) vs. Joe Garcia (D)
  • IL-10: Incumbent Robert Dold (R) vs. Brad Schneider (D)
  • IA-01: Incumbent Rod Blum (R) vs. Monica Vernon (D)
  • ME-02: Incumbent Bruce Poliquin (R) vs. Emily Ann Cain (D)
  • MN-02: Jason Lewis (R) vs. Angie Craig (D) -- incumbent John Kline (R) is retiring
  • NE-02: Incumbent Brad Ashford (D) vs. Don Bacon (R)
  • NV-03: Danny Tarkanian (R) vs. Jacky Rosen (D) -- incumbent Joe Heck (R) is running for senate
  • NJ-05: Incumbent Scott Garrett(R) vs. Josh Gottheimer (D)
  • NY-19: John Faso (R) vs. Zephyr Teachout (D) -- incumbent Chris Gibson (R) is retiring
  • NY-22: Claudia Tenney (R) vs. Kim Myers (D) -- incumbent Richard Hanna (R) is retiring
  • PA-08: Brian Fitzpatrick (R) vs. Steve Santarsiero (D) -- incumbent Michael Fitzpatrick (R) is retiring
  • TX-23: Incumbent Will Hurd (R) vs.  Pete Gallego (D)
  • VA-10: Incumbent Barbara Comstock (R) vs. LuAnn Bennett (D)


  • Indiana: Eric Holcomb (R) vs. John R. Gregg (D) -- incumbent Mike Pence (R) is running for vice president
  • Missouri: Chris Koster (D) vs. Eric Greitens (R) -- incumbent Jay Nixon (D) is term limited
  • Montana: Incumbent Steve Bullock (D) vs. Greg Gianforte (R)
  • New Hampshire: Colin Van Ostern (D) vs. Chris Sununu (R) -- incumbent Maggie Hassan (D) is running for senate
  • North Carolina: Incumbent Pat McCrory (R) vs. Roy Cooper (D)
  • Vermont: Sue Minter (D) vs. Phil Scott (R) -- incumbent Peter Shumlin is retiring
  • West Virginia: Jim Justice (D) vs. Bill Cole (R) -- incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin is term-limited