Midterm elections upon us, most observers expect Republicans to take over the House of Representatives, though projections vary widely as to how many seats they’ll gain, and a massive number of races – more than 100 – are close enough to go either way. The magic number Republicans need to gain to take control: 39. So how can an Election Night observer get a sense of the big picture amid the many returns coming in? Rather than zeroing in on any individual race, look for trends in those expected to be closest. Here are a handful of races to keep an eye on in the states with early-closing polls.
11/02/2010 04:33 pm
Seniors have always been among America's most committed voters. But starting in Election 2010, and continuing for two decades, their political power is expected to reach new heights.
11/01/2010 08:30 pm
On The Daily Show Thursday, comedian Jon Stewart examines the Pledge to America and experiences déjà vu.
09/24/2010 12:32 pm
In an election cycle tilted toward Republicans, Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee for governor in Florida, is holding on to a modest edge in the polls.
09/22/2010 09:43 am
Republican leader Ken Mehlman’s announcement that he is gay elicited little more than a yawn in the mainstream media. Links to Mr. Mehlman’s past statements about homosexuality are one notable feature of the coverage.
08/26/2010 02:57 pm
The GOP isn't buying the White House assertion that it offered Rep. Joe Sestak only an unpaid position on an advisory board if he'd drop his effort to unseat Pennsylvania's Sen. Arlen Specter.
05/28/2010 06:27 pm
Obama makes his second trip to support Barbara Boxer and is heckled about policy on gays in the military.
05/26/2010 01:06 pm
The Tuesday primaries will be dominated by four key races in three states – Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arkansas. On election eve, here is the central question to each race.
05/17/2010 03:59 pm
The American public expects that Obama's new health care reform law will cause costs to rise and quality of care to drop, new opinion polls find.
03/30/2010 04:23 pm
For House Democrats to win passage of healthcare reform, 216 lawmakers must vote 'yea.' The vote could come as early as this week.
03/14/2010 01:16 pm