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midterms 2014

Big Question In NC Senate Race: Who’s Worse — Obama Or GOP?

Obama’s unpopularity is hurting Kay Hagan in her North Carolina Senate race.

September 17, 2014

Poll Roundup: Hagan Pulls Ahead In North Carolina

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

September 12, 2014

Rothenberg Analysis: Senate GOP Gains At Least Seven Seats

By Stuart Rothenberg, CQ Roll Call WASHINGTON — While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats. But I wouldn’t be shocked by a larger gain. Rothenberg Political Report ratings reflect both where a […]

September 10, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall Apologizes For Invoking Slain U.S. Journalists

By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times Sen. Mark Udall (D-C0) on Monday apologized for invoking the names of two American journalists who were recently beheaded by Islamic State militants as he argued in a debate over the weekend. “Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, don’t be impulsive,” Udall said Saturday at a town-hall-style […]

September 9, 2014

Lameness Of Congress’ Post-Election Session Could Hinge On Results

By Niels Lesniewski and Bridget Bowman, CQ Roll Call WASHINGTON — There’s no “fiscal cliff” or global financial crisis for this year’s post-election lame-duck session, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. Lawmakers will be faced with a couple of old favorites: another extension of government funding and the menagerie of lapsed tax breaks […]

September 9, 2014

Senate Plans To Debate Campaign Finance Amendment

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Senators return Monday from their summer recess and plan to take up a constitutional amendment to limit big money in campaigns. It’s expected to ultimately fail, and a big reason is Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are wary of the measure. McConnell argued in […]

September 8, 2014

Politicians Disdain Tea Party But Seek Its Clout

By Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As Democrats fight desperately to keep a Senate majority in the upcoming elections, one conservative voice has been noticeably muted in the fight for seats: a cohesive far-right tea party. It’s been four years since the group made its sensational entrance onto the national stage, prompting a […]

September 8, 2014

Poll Roundup: Colorado Senate Race Is A ‘Nail Biter’ Leading Up To First Debate

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

September 5, 2014

The 10 Most Vulnerable House Members

By Emily Cahn and Abby Livingston, CQ Roll Call WASHINGTON — Welcome to the general election: Labor Day has passed, nearly every primary has finished, and Roll Call has revised its monthly list of the 10 most vulnerable House members. Since this feature last published in August, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), lost his primary by […]

September 5, 2014

Al Franken Takes Senate Job Seriously (He’s Still Funny In Private)

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WILLMAR, Minn. — It must be said at this point: Sen. Al Franken is just dull. How dull is he? He says the most memorable conversation he’s had as a senator — “hilarious” even — was a wonkish discussion with former President Bill Clinton about how to finance […]

September 4, 2014

Democrats See Chance In Kansas Senate Race — After Democrat Drops Out

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The topsy-turvy race for the Senate in Kansas took another turn Wednesday when the lackluster Democratic candidate dropped out, elevating an independent newcomer to battle incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts this fall. The sudden narrowing of what had been a three-way race could give Democrats a rare […]

September 4, 2014

Neel Kashkari Faces 20-point Deficit Leading Up To Debate With California Gov. Jerry Brown

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times After months of struggling to disrupt California Gov. Jerry Brown’s widely presumed glide to re-election, Republican Neel Kashkari will have a chance to shift the dynamics of the lopsided contest Thursday in the candidates’ first and only debate. The televised one-hour encounter in Sacramento gives the novice Laguna Beach […]

September 4, 2014

Roll Call’s 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

By Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson, CQ Roll Call WASHINGTON — Montana’s appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber in early August, but his decision to not seek a full term has opened the top slot to a couple other worthy contenders. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) is still […]

September 2, 2014

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Takes Job On Wall Street

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is moving to Wall Street, taking a job with investment bank Moelis & Co., the firm said. Cantor, 51 who resigned last month after an upset loss in a Republican primary in June, will be vice chairman and managing director at the 7-year-old […]

September 2, 2014

Poll Roundup: Iowa Senate Race Is ‘Deadlocked’

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

August 29, 2014

The Lower Congress Sinks, The Higher Voter Turnout Might Be

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Could voter disdain for Congress motivate more people to turn out this November? Could be. A new Gallup study suggests that in recent elections, disapproval of Congress’ job performance meant higher turnout. Currently, Gallup’s congressional job approval is 13 percent, with 19 percent of registered voters saying […]

August 25, 2014

Poll Roundup: Scott Brown Catches Up In New Hampshire

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

August 22, 2014

Election Forecast: GOP Has 86 Percent Chance Of Taking Back The Senate

The latest Election Lab forecast from The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog has grim news for Democrats: The GOP has an 86 percent chance of taking control of the Senate in November, and Democrats have less than a 1 percent chance of winning a majority in the House of Representatives. Currently, the Election Lab projects that Republicans will win […]

August 19, 2014

Alaska Tea Party Candidate Says He’ll Back Republican If He Loses Senate Primary

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times The final days in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate offered some only-in-Alaska moments, as when the three major candidates were asked in a debate about whether they’d eaten salmon in the last week. Tea party candidate Joe Miller: “Yes.” Front-runner Dan Sullivan: “Yes.” […]

August 19, 2014

DNC Chair: Joni Ernst ‘An Onion Of Crazy’

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) appears to be shifting tactics in Iowa, by painting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst as an unstable extremist. DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz set the tone at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, calling Ernst “an onion of crazy.” “I know that this state is known for its wind energy, for corn, for soybeans, […]

August 18, 2014

Poll Roundup: Is McConnell Pulling Away From Grimes?

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

August 15, 2014

Tea Party PAC Funding Increases While Candidates Falter

The Tea Party’s really been struggling this primary season. They’ve failed to unseat a single Republican incumbent in the Senate primaries, and haven’t won many victories in House primaries, either. But, as Patricia Murphy points out in The Daily Beast, fundraising for Tea Party SuperPACs continues to increase. The right’s top three Washington-based SuperPACS — […]

August 15, 2014

GOP Turns Crist’s Republican Past Against Him

To become the next governor of Florida, Charlie Crist needs to do everything he can to convince Democrats that he’s truly one of them, while reassuring Republicans that he’s still the same moderate he’s always been. That’s just politics. But no matter how persuasive he is, Crist can’t totally hide from his Republican past. A […]

August 12, 2014

Hawaii Sets Friday Make-Up Election To Decide Senate Nomination

By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times A primary election in Hawaii that had threatened to extend weeks beyond last Saturday’s balloting will conclude Friday when voters affected by Tropical Storm Iselle cast the remaining ballots that will determine the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Appointed incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz held a lead of 1,635 […]

August 12, 2014