Many Senate seats could be in play when the calendar hits 2012, in large part thanks to how little money vulnerable incumbents start out with. Fundraising, for most members up in 2012, has yet to become a priority. Some of these members may be considering retirement, while others appear to be wagering that fundraising can wait. Either way, some of their bank accounts are unlikely to scare off would-be challengers. And history shows that a well-prepared incumbent stands a much-better chance at getting reelected.
Here at The Fix, we wouldn't let an FEC deadline day pass without at least a quick look at the numbers. And there are some valuable things worth keeping an eye on as the reports roll in today/tonight. Here are five things to watch.