Republicans hope to pick up at least one of the three open seats now held by Democrats, while Democrats hope Republican Gov. Charlie Crist wins in Florida as an independent.
Crist is expected to join the Democratic caucus in the Senate, as he is angry with Republicans for backing Congressman Marco Rubio, hence Crist's independent run.
Right now, Republicans have 41 seats.
A Crist victory would reduce Republicans to 40 seats, which are not enough to block bad legislation before January, when a new, more Republican Congress takes over.
Republicans hope to pick up the seats in Delaware and Illinois.
If Republicans do pick up Senate seats in those states and in West Virginia, Republicans will have accomplished an odd trifecta of flipping the Senate seats vacated by three of the most powerful elected offices in the land: the president, vice president and the president pro tem (Byrd).
And all the new senators would report for duty early.
The re-painting of the Fort Hill bridge - formally named the Eugene A. Carter Memorial Bridge - and construction of the new eastbound bridge on Interstate 64 from Dunbar to South Charleston garnered much public attention.
But the Winfield Toll Bridge quietly was rebuilt and re-christened the Ross Booth Memorial Bridge.
It is an excellent span and it includes a new sidewalk, which surely will encourage people to exercise. In a sedentary state, that is good public policy.
But the repainted, new and rebuilt bridges are all missing something: traffic.
The new section of U.S. 35 from the Buffalo bridge to Interstate 64 also is missing traffic.
We keep telling ourselves that highway improvements not only will make travel safer (and they do) but will spur commerce.
I would like to see more tangible proof of that.