By a wide margin, Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana lost her reelection bid to Rep. Bill Cassidy Saturday, strengthening the GOP’s position in the Senate and confirming the widening racial divide in the South regarding party affiliation and elections.
The 2014 midterms marked the first time that pro-gun rights, NRA spending was matched, even exceeded, on the campaign trail, to support pro-gun-control candidates and ballot initiatives. Votes in Connecticut, Colorado, and Washington State stand out.
With Colorado one of several toss-up races, most analysts agree that if Democrats have any hope of holding on to their Senate majority, it will be due to success on the ground, getting voters – especially minorities, young voters, and low-income voters – to the polls.
Questions on the ballot in Tuesday's midterm election signal not just local priorities but also national trends on issues such as gun rights, marijuana, teacher tenure, and labeling on genetically engineered food.