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  • Gallery Pennsylvania Senate race

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (l.) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D) of Pennsylvania, take questions during a news conference in Philadelphia, Penn., on Aug. 17. Bloomberg endorsed Sestak in his bid to fill Sen. Arlen Specter's Senate seat.

  • Lisa Murkowski of Alaska bows out, is seventh losing incumbent

    Lisa Murkowski of Alaska bows out, is seventh losing incumbent

    Lisa Murkowski of Alaska concedes to Joe Miller in Alaska's Aug. 24 primary. Lisa Murkowski joins six other congressional incumbents who lost in their party's primaries.

  • Lisa Murkowski concedes to Joe Miller in Alaska. The power of Palin?

    Lisa Murkowski concedes to Joe Miller in Alaska. The power of Palin?

    Lisa Murkowski, the incumbent Republican senator, conceded the race in Alaska to Joe Miller, a Tea Party candidate backed by Sarah Palin.

  • Five Senate races to watch

    Five Senate races to watch

    The political turmoil of 2010 has led to a number of close Senate races, with control of the upper chamber possibly in the balance. Here are five of the closest, most interesting, hardest-fought Senate races of this election cycle.

  • Senate races 101: Is the Democratic majority in jeopardy?

    Senate races 101: Is the Democratic majority in jeopardy?

    Republicans are almost sure to pick up seats after the 2010 Senate races are over. But they also have an outside shot at retaking the majority in the upper chamber.

  • Alaska's Lisa Murkowski: No. 7 on list of ousted incumbents?

    Alaska's Lisa Murkowski: No. 7 on list of ousted incumbents?

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) of Alaska could become the seventh congressional incumbent to lose a primary in 2010 if her too-close-to-call race with 'tea party' favorite Joe Miller stays in Mr. Miller's favor. The last time this many incumbents lost primaries was in 2002, when eight representatives and one senator lost before the general election. Here are the ousted incumbents, in the order they lost their primaries.

  • Tuesday primaries: three stories to watch

    Tuesday primaries: three stories to watch

    As the days get shorter the political season is heating up. Primaries Tuesday will affect some of the most interesting races of the year, from Florida’s high-profile Senate contest to Arizona Sen. John McCain’s bid to survive a challenge from the right. Here's what to look for:

  • 'Pork barrel' spending: A big liability for lawmakers in 2010 election?

    'Pork barrel' spending: A big liability for lawmakers in 2010 election?

    With the federal deficit at $1.5 trillion, some voters are balking at politicians who tout a record of securing ‘pork barrel’ projects.

  • Midterm elections: not all bad news for Democrats

    Midterm elections: not all bad news for Democrats

    Midterm elections are historically difficult for the president's party. With the economy in trouble, this year will likely be no different for Democrats – but it might not be as bad as it could be.

  • Senate committee approves Elena Kagan: how the senators voted

    Senate committee approves Elena Kagan: how the senators voted

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan 13 to 6 Tuesday, with one Republican joining 12 Democrats. Ms. Kagan now faces a confirmation vote from the full Senate later this month.