As college students, we barely have time to keep up with presidential candidates and what they're saying at all time, much less what senatorial candidates are doing. We at Fresh U understand that, so we have compiled a list of the senators running in your states and what their platforms are, because the people who will represent you in more local offices are almost as important as who you vote for for president.
Republican: Richard Shelby
Shelby is the incumbent in this election and for a full look at what he stands for, you can see here. He is pro-life, hard on illegal immigration, big on the Second Amendment, opposes tax increases and wants to maintain a strong military.
Democrat: Ron Crumpton
Crumpton believes in the Second Amendment, but realizes that "unabridged" access to guns can be harmful. He believes in raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana and decriminalizing abortion. For a full list of what he wants, direct yourself here.
Republican: Lisa Murkowski
This quote from her website, "Freedom comes from strength and self-reliance," perhaps summarizes her platform. This incumbent's issues can be found in full detail here, but she has a main focus on the business of fisheries in Alaska, the state's indigenous peoples, veterans, the Second Amendment and education.
Democrat: Ray Metcalfe
On his site, it says, "Ray’s platform is Bernie’s platform," which makes this an easy choice for any one who supported Senator Sanders during his heyday in the 2016 presidential election. This "Berniecrat" wants to eliminate student debt and college costs, end the War on Drugs, provide adequate funding for NASA and have adequate funding for arts and science.
Republican: John McCain
Holding the incumbent seat, McCain fights for the Second Amendment, supporting farmers, keeping government promises to Native Americans and taking care of veterans. You can find more issues here.
Democrat: Ann Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick's platform can be found in full here, but the main points are better education, finding innovative ways to start using renewable energy and helping veterans.
Republican: John Boozman
Boozman, the incumbent, opposes Obamacare, the Clean Power Plan and almost everything else set forth by President Obama's administration. You can find more on how he wants to take on Washington here.
Democrat: Conner Eldridge
Eldridge holds fast to the Second Amendment, wants to reform the immigration system, end discrimination altogether, fight crime while keeping children safe and stand up for seniors. More of his platform can be found here.
Democrat: Kamala Harris
Harris is the current Attorney General of California and you can find how she has sided on issues here. She remains true to ideal Democratic values, such as being pro-choice and supporting civil rights equality for all, but she also has a Tumblr set up to show her devotion to the children of California and their education, and she advocates for animal protection.
Democrat: Loretta Sanchez
Also a Democrat, Sanchez has the same values. She is one of the representatives for California and you can see how she sided in office here. She advocates for equality between women and men and for a stricter gun-control policy.
Republican: Darryl Glenn
Glenn is against the Iran Deal, absolutely for the Second Amendment and believes tax reform is the answer to helping the economy get back on its feet. More of his issues can be found here.
Democrat: Michael Bennet
Bennet is running the incumbent seat and you can see how he performed in office here. He is for the Iran Deal, focusing on agriculture and listening to farmers, making college affordable and moving Colorado toward being energy independent.
Republican: Dan Carter
Carter hopes to focus on gridlock in Washington, terrorism and the ways it can negatively impact and discriminate against minorities, government spending and gun violence while still supporting the Second Amendment. More of his issues and platform can be found here.
Democrat: Richard Blumenthal
In the incumbent seat is Blumenthal, and you can see how he sided on issues here. His main concerns are women's rights, affordable transportation, gun violence and getting rid of discrimination throughout the nation.
There are no national senate races in Delaware this year.
Republican: Marco Rubio
Rubio is the incumbent this election and here's how he has sided on issues thus far. Rubio supports repealing Obamacare, standing against ISIS, finding water solutions for Florida and supporting farmers more with less government intervention.
Democrat: Patrick Murphy
Murphy is one of Florida's U.S. Representatives, and you can find how he has sided on issues here. He wants to grow the middle class, protect voting rights, stand with Israel, advocate for LGBT rights and advocates for criminal justice reform. More of his platform can be found here.
Republican: Johnny Isakson
Isakson is the incumbent and to see how he sided on office, direct yourself here. He wants to strengthen the American military, bring tax relief to American families and small businesses, reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and improve schools.
Democrat: Jim Barksdale
Barksdale hopes to support rural Georgia, women's rights, peace in the Middle East and focus on clean, renewable energy. His full platform can be found here.
Republican: John Carroll
Carroll wants to lower the high cost of living in Hawaii, provide fairness in taxation, raise standards in the public education system and protect the culture and environment of the state. More of the issues he supports can be found here.
Democrat: Brian Schatz
Schatz is running the incumbent seat and here's how he sided on issues while in office. He is passionate about the tourism industry, maintaining the culture and staying true to its values, clean energy and good transportation and infrastructure to grow the economy.
Republican: Mike Crapo
Crapo is the incumbent this election and to see how he sided on issues in office, direct yourself here. Crapo finds helping Native Americans, keeping the arts alive, maintaining a rich diversity and focusing on cleaner energy to be of his most important issues.
Democrat: Jerry Sturgill
Among Sturgill's top concerns this election are agriculture and ensuring farmers can make a living, protecting public lands and keeping the military well-equipped and fairly treating veterans. More of his platform can be found here.
Republican: Mark Kirk
Kirk is running as the incumbent this election, and you can see how he sided on issues in office here. He has a strong focus on the military, keeping the Great Lakes clean and stopping Iran's nuclear endeavors.
Democrat: Tammy Duckworth
Duckworth is one of Illinois' U.S. Representatives and here's how she sided on issues in office. She is focused on helping small businesses run smoothly, helping veterans after they come home, cutting unnecessary government spending and investing in infrastructure. More of her key issues can be found here.
Republican: Todd Young
Young is pro-life, puts children first in education, wants to repeal Obamacare, is concerned about the lack of jobs and supports tax reform. His platform can be found in full here.
Democrat: Evan Bayh
Bayh is a former Indiana Senator and you can find how he voted in office here. He supports preserving Medicare and Medicaid, improving trading laws, helping the agricultural economy and improving education. More of his issues can be found here.
Republican: Chuck Grassley
Grassley is the incumbent this election and here's how he sided on issues while in office. Grassley is passionate about increasing adoption rates, decreasing the usage of illegal drugs, reforming immigration and supporting the War on Terrorism.
Democrat: Patty Judge
Judge is formerly the Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Agriculture for Iowa. You can see how she sided on issues here. Her platform consists mainly of helping working families, improving agriculture and its economy and protecting women's healthcare and equal rights. More of her issues can be found here.
Republican: Jerry Moran
Moran is running the incumbent seat and here's how he sided on issues in office. He is passionate about keeping Kansas in the forefront of aviation, making sure every student has a quality education, supporting family values and fixing the immigration system.
Democrat: Patrick Wiesner
Wiesner is interested in helping farms prosper, making cleaner energy everywhere, supporting Second Amendment rights and making healthcare more affordable. More of his platform can be found here.
Republican: Rand Paul
Paul is running in the incumbent seat this election and to see how he voted on the issues in office, direct yourself here. His issues focus on ending NSA spying, auditing the Federal Reserve and securing the borders while reforming legal immigration.
Democrat: Jim Gray
Gray supports reforming education so students can perform better in the world of the 21st Century, ensuring retirement security, helping the working class family and improving the coal industry and economy. More of his issues can be found on his website.
There are no national senate races in Maine this year.
Republican: Kathy Szeliga
Szeliga is the Minority Whip in the Maryland House and here's how she has sided on issues. She prioritizes National Security, getting the best education to children and reforming Obamacare. More of her platform can be found here.
Democrat: Chris Van Hollen
Van Hollen is one of the representatives for Maryland and here's how he sided on issues in office. He wants to focus on ending gun violence, making health care more affordable, keeping promises to seniors and veterans and women's rights. More of his issues can be found here.
There are no national senate races in Massachusetts this year.
There are no national senate races in Michigan this year.
There are no national senate races in Minnesota this year.
There are no national senate races in Mississippi this year.
Republican: Roy Blunt
Blunt is running in the incumbent seat for this election and you can find how he sided on issues here. His key issues are stopping government overreach, supporting farm families and strengthening infrastructure.
Democrat: Jason Kander
Kander is the Secretary of State for Missouri and here's how he sided on issues in office. He advocates for veterans and the families of those serving in the military, supports Missouri businesses and fights for the middle class and women's rights. More of his issues can be found here.
There are no national senate races in Montana this year.
There are no national senate races in Nebraska this year.
Republican: Joe Heck
Heck is one of Nevada's representatives and here's how he has sided on issues in office. He works to end human trafficking, support the military and veterans actively, and reform tax code to make it easier and flatter. More of his issues can be found here.
Democrat: Catherine Masto
Masto is a former Nevada Attorney General and here's how she sided on issues. She wants to overturn Citizens United, raise the minimum wage and have a comprehensive immigration reform. More of her issues can be found here.
Republican: Kelly Ayotte
Running in the incumbent seat is Ayotte and here's how she sided on issues in office. She focuses on protecting the environment, reducing human trafficking and domestic violence, supporting small business and strengthening roads and highways.
Democrat: Maggie Hassan
Hassan's platform includes supporting those with severe disabilities to ensure they are not discriminated against, helping small businesses thrive and improving education. More of her platform can be found here.
There are no national senate races in New Jersey this year.
There are no national senate races in New Mexico this year.
Republican: Wendy Long
Long's platform includes confronting government corruption, decreasing Washington's involvement in public education and ending Common Core education. More of her issues can be found on her website.
Democrat: Chuck Schumer
Schumer is running in the incumbent seat this election and here's how he sided on issues while in office. He wants to protect the middle class, small business and supported a bill that wouldn't tax Olympic medals.
Republican: Richard Burr
Burr is running in the incumbent seat this election and to see how he voted on the issues, you can direct yourself here. He is interested in fighting crime and supporting victims, conserving public land and reforming education by getting rid of Common Core.
Democrat: Deborah Ross
In her platform, Ross addresses climate change, supports making college more affordable, encourages rebuilding roads and bridges and recognizes rural North Carolina. More of her stances can be found here.
Republican: John Hoeven
Hoeven is running in the incumbent seat and you can see how he sided while in office. He wants to continue to work on lowering energy costs, creating jobs and reforming health care in a way he believes Obamacare has not.
Democrat: Eliot Glassheim
Once in office, Glassheim hopes to maintain leadership in energy production, strengthen Medicare, abolish human trafficking, expand on women's rights and opportunities, and make college more affordable. More of his issues can be found on his website.
Republican: Rob Portman
This incumbent's stances in office can be found here. Portman's big issues are fighting drug addiction and repealing Obamacare. As well, he wants to support the military, veterans and those who lost their lives in service.
Democrat: Ted Strickland
Strickland is actually a former governor of Ohio and you can find how he stood on issues while in office here. He wants to ensure jobs with a livable wage, safer schools, making college and higher education opportunities more affordable for big families and ensuring retirement security.
Republican: James Lankford
As the incumbent, here is how Lankford acted on issues in office. He's big on the Second Amendment, becoming energy independent, standing with Israel, fighting poverty in all neighborhoods and encouraging adoption.
Democrat: Mike Workman
Workman doesn't have an official website - instead a Facebook page - but he is pro-choice, supports LGBT equality and advocates for public education.
Republican: Mark Callahan
His plans for representing Oregon include scrapping sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, standing with Israel, helping veterans find homes and jobs and destroying the Iran Nuclear Deal. More of his issues can be found on his website.
Democrat: Ron Wyden
Most unique about this candidate is how he upholds his promise to hold at least one public town meeting in each of Oregon's 36 counties per year. His values are pretty similar to all Democrats across the board, and Wyden has even included sex trafficking in his platform. Here's how he has done with issues in office.
Republican: Patrick Toomey
The incumbent, Toomey, has key issues that range from supporting law enforcement to protecting the Second Amendment to helping solve the national debt. Here's how he has been on the issues in office thus far.
Democrat: Katie McGinty
McGinty's website is fairly straightforward on what issues matter the most to her: women's rights, LBGT equality, gun control, investing in higher education and ensuring affordable healthcare.
There are no national senate races in Rhode Island this year.
Republican: Tim Scott
As the incumbent, he has already done a lot for education and military and veterans, with the CHOICE Act. Scott also passed the SKILLS Act which was intended to better train people for their jobs. To see how he has acted in office, direct yourself here.
Democrat: Thomas Dixon
Dixon wants to close the "Charleston Loophole," acknowledge and help counter climate change, find solutions for homelessness, ensure funding for Planned Parenthood and raise the minimum wage. His full platform can be found here.
Republican: John Thune
Democrat: Jay Williams
Among Williams' key issues are supporting Native American advocacy, raising the minimum wage, reducing income inequality and fighting climate change. More issues can be found on his website.
There are no national senate races in Tennessee this year.
There are no national senate races in Texas this year.
Republican: Mike Lee
Lee holds the incumbent seat this election. Other than being pro-life, his main issues are protecting the First and Second Amendment as well as public land. To see how he voted in office, visit this site.
Democrat: Misty Snow
Misty Snow is the first transgender candidate running for the U.S. Senate. She is from a working class family and her main issues are women's rights, LGBT equality, a higher minimum wage and the legalization of marijuana. More of her platform can be found here.
Republican: Scott Milne
Democrat: Patrick Leahy
Leahy, the incumbent, has an education plan that includes incorporating better food in cafeterias using the farm-to-school program. He wants to expand on renewable energy, start community recycling projects, protect Lake Champlain and work on poverty throughout the world. Here is how he handled issues in office.
There are no national senate races in Virginia this year.
Republican: Chris Vance
As stated on his website, his top priorities are reducing the debt, growing our economy and saving the existence of Social Security and Medicaid. His stances on same-sex marriage, abortion and marijuana are more liberal leaning, though.
Democrat: Patty Murray
To see how the incumbent has used her voice in office, you can click here. Murray has a past in education which makes her put students first. She is a fighter for equal protection under the law for everyone, ensures promises are kept between the government and Native Tribes and is big on women's rights.
There are no national senate races in West Virgina this year.
Republican: Ron Johnson
This pro-life incumbent wants to ensure Wisconsin products are still being made and sold easily, believes defense to be the top priority of America and is strongly against Obamacare. To find out how he has stood on issues while in office, direct yourself here.
Democrat: Russ Feingold
Feingold is big on women's rights, and his Badger Innovation plans to improve roads and bridges, which will help small businesses. He also wants to close special interest loopholes and ensures retirement security for senior citizens. His full platform can be found here.
There are no national senate races in Wyoming this year.
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