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The Republican Party's Remarkable Non-Transformation

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:28am

Knocking on doors in Colorado, NPR's Steve Inskeep reports that the GOP could be close to winning the Senate without changing the political positions that are said to endanger the party's future.

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Getting Out The Vote A More Challenging Task In The Midterms

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

Political campaigns are intensely focused on voter turnout in the final hours before Tuesday's midterm election day. And with good reason — overall voter participation is always down in non-presidential years.

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Disappointment With Both Parties A Major Factor In Midterm Elections

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

General disgust with both parties and the president have been key ingredients in this year's midterm elections.

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Recreational, Medical Pot Initiatives On Ballots Across Country

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

Three states and the District of Columbia are considering marijuana referenda in Tuesday's election. Washington, D.C., Oregon and Alaska could legalize recreational pot while Florida's ballot includes a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical use of marijuana. Despite legalization in 2012 in Colorado and Washington, the landscape this year looks more difficult for the pro-marijuana camp. Audie Cornish talks with Ricardo Baca, editor of the Denver Post's website, The Cannabist.

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In North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan Runs Stronger Than Expected

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

Republicans thought it would a prime target to win back. But single-term Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan is running stronger than expected, partly because of her ability to engage the African-American vote.

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Kansas No Longer A Reliably Red State

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

Kansas, a reliably red state, is not so reliable anymore. Veteran Sen. Pat Roberts is trying to fend off a serious challenge from an independent candidate, businessman Greg Orman.

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In Colo., Republicans Try To Capitalize On Obama's Unpopularity

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

In the tight Colorado Senate race, the Republican challenger, Congressman Cory Gardner, is trying to tie the incumbent to an unpopular President Obama. The Democrat Sen. Mark Udall says his opponent is an extremist.

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La. Has Become Redder Since Sen. Mary Landrieu Took Office

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

The battle for control of the Senate is coming down to fewer than a dozen states around the nation, with Republicans hoping that leads in pre-election polls last through Tuesday. One key potential pickup for Republicans is Louisiana, where Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu is facing a tough challenge.

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5 Widgets And Apps For Election Day

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:16pm

Worried you don't know the essentials for the 2014 midterm elections? Here's a mobile cheat sheet to plug you in for Election Day.

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What If The Senate Isn't Decided On Election Day?

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 7:26am

The election outlook is promising for the GOP. But there are a few scenarios that could have America waiting well beyond Nov. 4 to know which party controls the Senate.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Has A Lot Riding On Midterm Elections

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

If the GOP takes over the Senate, the man expected to become majority leader is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But first, he has to win a sixth term in a state where his popularity's been sagging.

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Politics In Colorado Shift With Demographics

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Days before Tuesday's midterm elections, NR's Steve Inskeep has been meeting with voters in Colorado. It's the scene of an intense Senate race — and also mirrors the way the nation is evolving.

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Colorado Voters Cite Immigration As A Hot Button Issue

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Colorado is the scene of a close Senate race — one of several that may decide control of the chamber. That's why NPR's Steve Inskeep traveled to the flatlands around Denver to knock on voters' doors.

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Iowa Senate Candidates Get In Last-Minute Campaigning

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Over the weekend in Iowa, candidates in one of the nation's hardest fought U.S. Senate races crisscrossed the state. Some big names joined in, urging their supporters to get to the polls on Tuesday.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Has More Than Most Riding On Midterm Elections

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

If the GOP takes over the Senate, the man expected to become majority leader is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But first, he has to win a sixth term in a state where his popularity has been sagging.

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Obama's Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democratic Races

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:31am

President Obama rallied supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year.

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Have A Listen: Don Gonyea's 2014 Campaign Playlist

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:19pm

You probably won't find these songs on the official playlists of any campaigns. But between long drives and plane rides, a reporter needs a great selection of tunes like these to keep himself sane.

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What To Expect In This Week's Elections

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:08pm

A lot of money is being spent for Tuesday's midterm elections, but polls show most voters aren't paying attention. NPR's Arun Rath talks to national political correspondent Mara Liasson on what to expect.

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Women Still Absent From Politics, But Reasons Remain Murky

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:08pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to historian Nancy Cohen about why women are under-represented in elected office, and why many of the biases we expect don't actually exist.

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Managing A Campaign Takes Blood, Sweat, Tears And A Smartphone

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 6:45am

In the countdown to the midterm elections, NPR's Rachel Martin concludes a special series looking at the people who work tirelessly on campaigns. This week: the managers who orchestrate them.

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