In it, but not of it. TPM DC

As campaigns around the country draw to a close, several races remain much tighter than the original map led strategists to believe. Though many forecasters say the Republicans are still favored to take the Senate, several key races remain within the margin of error in polling averages. Many are still reluctant to put their dime down on a winner.

Combine that with a year in which third-party candidates have thrown a wrench in to many party plans and more than one race likely to go into overtime runoff races, this election year has been a bumpy ride for both parties.

The following key races will determine who gets control of the Senate come January.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told progressive activists on Saturday that Iowa is "critical" to maintaining a Democratic Senate.

"If we win Iowa we're going to do just fine," he said on a conference call hosted by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. "Iowa is critical. There’s no other way to say it."

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The campaign of Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has filed a lawsuit to stop Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign from distributing a mailer that it says amounts to illegal voter intimidation tactics.

The Grimes campaign on Friday said it had filed for an immediate injunction with the state court in Franklin County, which is where the state capital is located.

The campaign is calling for a state and federal investigation of the mailers that say they're authorized by the Kentucky Republican Party and the McConnell Senate campaign. The legal filing by the Grimes campaign can be read below, first reported by TPM.

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