Starting this Monday, the Senate welcomes 16 fresh faces to the Capitol’s marbled halls. While they won’t be sworn into office until January, these newly-elected members – three Democrats and 13 Republicans – come to Washington to tour the buildings, learn rules of decorum, and meet with their future coworkers. The new Senators come largely from open seats where both parties had a new candidate on the ticket and include a handful of tea partyers.
Pressure from tea party-backed Republican freshmen senators led Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to reverse course: He said Monday he would back an earmark ban.
As Obama presses for on a free-trade deal with Korea, where does the tea party stand? Polls say tea partyers do not favor trade pacts, but for many of their allies in Congress, it's a new issue.
In both chambers of Congress, the postelection intrigue about leadership posts is mostly on the Republican side of the aisle, as the GOP establishment confronts the tea party insurgency.
Republican Mark Kirk won the close Illinois Senate race, despite several mistakes and President Obama's hard push hard for Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic candidate.
Republican candidates won the governorships in Ohio and Pennsylvania – two key swing states that could play a decisive role in the 2012 presidential election.
Election 2010 has no shortage of nail-biters. According to The Cook Political Report, eight Senate races and – amazingly – 17 gubernatorial races remain toss-ups. While this list leaves off a few of those (the Senate races in Washington, Alaska, and Kentucky, for instance), here’s what’s going on in 10 of the closest statewide elections:
As the election Tuesday approaches, President Obama is increasing his rhetoric against the GOP party, though numbers still look grim for the Democrats.
Rhode Island's gubernatorial candidate, Frank Caprio, unleashed a salty outburst after learning President Obama was not going endorse him in the Nov. 2 balloting.
Polls suggested that Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey had a firm grip on his race with Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania. But new polls point to hope for Democrats here and elsewhere.