Oct. 31, 2014

Politics Archive

Early Voting Update in Four Senate Races

Early voting is playing a crucial role in several of the cycle’s most contested races for the Senate, where control hangs in the balance ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

How Mary Landrieu and Kissing Congressman's Fates Are Tied

Vulnerable Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and embattled GOP Rep. Vance McAllister, also known as the “Kissing Congressman,” have something in common on Election Day.

Senate Democrats' Super Lawyer Preps for Overtime

As the Senate chamber erupted in applause after the swearing-in of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Majority Leader Harry Reid eventually looked up and directed his appreciation toward the newest senator’s attorneys.

The Recount Rules Guide for 2014

After the polls close Tuesday, it’s likely at least a handful of House and Senate races will be too close to call.

North Carolina Campaigns Prepare for Potential Recount

The competitive North Carolina Senate race will cost more than $100 million by Election Day, and that price tag could climb further as both parties prepare to spend even more if the race becomes too close to call.

Obama's Midterm Loss Record Could Make History

President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row.

Tim Bishop in Political Peril — Again

Rep. Timothy H. Bishop’s re-election has once again surged to the top of the cycle’s list of most competitive House races, and Republicans are more optimistic than ever they can defeat the battle-tested New York Democrat.

Where GOP White House Hopefuls Stumped in 2014 (Chart)

When the myriad Republican presidential contenders start campaigning for 2016, their journeys might not look much different from this cycle.

Race Ratings Changes in 24 House Contests

The Republican majority in the House has not been at risk in nearly a year, and the landscape continues to move in their direction in the party’s effort to add seats.

Race Ratings Changes in 8 Gubernatorial Contests

Uncertainty reigns in gubernatorial races where anywhere from one to a dozen incumbent governors could be defeated for re-election.

Ratings Changes in Key Senate Contests

With just days to go before Election Day, we’re changing the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating in some key Senate contests.

DCCC Books Airtime to Defend 2 More Incumbents (Video)

Updated 3:30 p.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is spending precious eleventh-hour funds on two more incumbents, Reps. Steven Horsford of Nevada and Lois Capps of California, in the final days of the midterms.

Democrats Losing Youth Vote: Millennials Turning to the GOP

Democrats have lost ground with millennials compared to past election cycles — a development that suggests the country’s youngest voters are open to both parties, according to a new Harvard Institute of Politics poll.

Ted Cruz Endorses 'Duck Dynasty' Kin Over Vance McAllister

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has endorsed fellow Republican Zach Dasher, who is challenging embattled Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La.

Coup Brews Against NRCC Chairman

While most Republicans are focused on Tuesday’s midterms, some members are already eyeing another race: The battle to be the next chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

New Poll Shows Lee Terry Still Trailing

Less than two weeks to go before Election Day, a new poll shows Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., trails his Democratic opponent by a 5-point margin.

New DSCC Ad Renews Education Attacks on Thom Tillis

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is up with a new ad Tuesday attacking Republican Thom Tillis on education.

6 House Debate Moments That Reminded Us of High School (Video)

Rowdy auditoriums, petty exchanges, testy comebacks. Sounds like high school, right?

New Ad Attacks Joni Ernst on Education

The National Education Association will start airing a new ad Tuesday attacking Joni Ernst on education.

A Darkhorse Emerges for DCCC Chairman in 2016

House Democrats have two things on their minds heading into next month: How many seats the party will lose on Nov. 4, and who will be the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee?