The Senate might not have any African-American members after the election, when Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), the only sitting black senator, vacates his seat.

Overall, the Senate has never had more than one black member at a time. Burris replaced President Obama in this distinction after filling his Illinois seat following the 2008 election. Before Obama, Carol Moseley Braun, also from Illinois, served from 1993 to 1999.

In total, there have been six black senators since Reconstruction.

The 2010 field has lacked competitive African-American Senate candidates from the start. One exception, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) in Florida, has consistently polled behind opponents Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning Trump's new interest in water resources — why now? Senate Intel leadership urges American vigilance amid foreign election interference MORE (R) and Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and is not expected to win on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Burris's seat in Illinois will go to either Republican Rep. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP MORE or Democrat Alexi Giannoulias. Kirk led the polls by 4 points as of Oct. 31.