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Incumbent losses push Klobuchar, Franken up Senate seniority list

In the wake of Arlen Specter’s primary loss in Pennsylvania, Minnesota’s senior Senator, Amy Klobuchar, is set to advance at least ten spots in seniority, leaping from 80th to 70th.

[Updated to include Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback’s retirement, moving both Minnesota Senators up a notch.]

Just because I’m up early this morning, a little U.S. Senate nerdery:

In the wake of Arlen Specter’s primary loss in Pennsylvania, Minnesota’s senior Senator, Amy Klobuchar, is set to advance at least ten spots in seniority, leaping from 80th to 70th. Al Franken will jump no fewer than 12 spots, to 86th.

That still leaves A-Klo many rungs short of a Senate chairmanship, should Democrats keep control. The current least-senior chair is Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, at 50th. Lincoln is also in trouble this year; she barely bested Democratic challenger Bill Halter Tuesday and faces a primary runoff in three weeks.

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Here are the Senators guaranteed to leave above Klobuchar in the rankings, listed by current seniority:

9. Dodd (D-Ct.)
11. Specter (D-Pa.)
21. Bond (R-Mo.)
27. Dorgan (D-N.D.)
29. Gregg (R-N.H.)
32. Bennett (R-Ut.)
38. Brownback (R-Ks.)
48. Bunning (R-Ky.)
51. Voinovich (R-Oh.)
52. Bayh (D-In.)

And the Senators between Klobuchar and Franken:

95. Kaufman (D-De.)
96. Burris (D-Ill.)

Given this year’s budding anti-incumbent trend, both Minnesota Democrats could move up several more rungs. Here’s an expansive list of vulunerable Senators running this year:

10. Grassley (R-Ia.)
19. McCain (R-Az.)
20. Reid (D-Nv.)
28. Boxer (D-Ca.)
31. Murray (D-Wa.)
50. Lincoln (D-Ark.)
66. Burr (R-N.C.)
96. Bennet (D-Co.)

Klobuchar, who is up for re-election in 2012, has an excellent shot at cracking the 60s.