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4:01 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

GOP Takes Control Of Senate With Wins in N.C., Iowa, Ark., Colo.

Supporters of Republican Sen.-elect Tom Cotton celebrate his win in Arkansas over incumbent Mark Pryor. The GOP picked up seven seats Tuesday, gaining control of the Senate.
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Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:08 pm

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Republicans have picked up the seats they needed to retake control of the Senate and then some, with major victories in North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado and Arkansas, and added to their margin in the U.S. House.

The big numbers from the midterm election reshape the political dynamic in Washington and will complicate the legislative agenda for President Obama's final two years in the White House.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The 4 Big Numbers To Know In The Midterm Elections

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

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2:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Will Grumpy Americans Turn Out For The Midterms?

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

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2:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Like In Past Elections, Latino Voter Turnout Could Swing Results

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

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2:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Races To Watch In The Midterm Elections

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:32 pm

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And joining us to talk about what she'll be watching tonight is NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hey there, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.

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It's All Politics
1:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Sleeper Maryland Race Could Be Tuesday's Biggest Upset

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigned for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown (right) in October. President Obama and Michelle Obama have also campaigned in the state. This level of Democratic star power so late in the race is unusual in a reliably blue state.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 3:31 pm

Don't look now, but Democrats may be on the verge of losing more than just the Senate after Tuesday's election. The governor's race in Maryland, one of the bluest states in the nation, has gotten uncomfortably tight.

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It's All Politics
11:27 am
Tue November 4, 2014

NPR Reporters To Follow On Twitter For The 2014 Elections

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:51 pm

The NPR social media desk compiled lists of NPR staff and public radio reporters who will be tweeting on Election Day.

Scroll down to find your state and follow reporters covering your area. Keep up with the latest elections updates with NPR News and NPR Politics on Twitter.

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Politics
10:35 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Senate Race May Help Drive Record Midterm Turnout In New Hampshire

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And let's turn to another state where there's a closely held Senate race, that's the state of New Hampshire. Josh Rogers from New Hampshire Public Radio joins us on the line from Manchester. Josh, good morning.

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Politics
10:35 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Third-Party Candidate Could Help Determine Close N.C. Senate Race

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On this Election Day, the big question is whether Republicans will take over control of the Senate, a political shakeup with lots of ramifications for what gets done in Washington and how that affects the rest of us.

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Politics
10:02 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Senate Control Could Ride On The South's Tight Races

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:35 am

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It's All Politics
9:56 am
Tue November 4, 2014

The Most Reliable Guide To Campaign 2014? History

Then-Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas was all smiles after Republicans took over the Senate in an eight-seat rout in 1994.
John Duricka AP

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:56 am

Still wondering where to put your money on the Senate races tonight?

There's been a lot of contradictory data flying around in the final hours and days of Campaign 2014, so don't feel alone. You can find polls in swing states that say the races are too close to call, and you can find others that show the Republican candidate opening a lead. You can, of course, listen to the party advocates and pundits, but while highly expert they are always pushing a given point of view.

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It's All Politics
9:27 am
Tue November 4, 2014

7 Places To Watch On Election Day

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, center, gets a kiss from a supporter after he stepped off his bus during a brief campaign stop at Delevoe Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 25.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 9:31 am

For all the money spent, doors knocked, ads aired and miles traveled by candidates this year, the 2014 elections will likely come down to the votes cast by a relatively small universe of places.

Whether it's because of their size, demographic make-up, or the unique spot they occupy, these places will have an outsized role in state — and possibly national — politics this year.

Here are seven of them:

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The Two-Way
6:19 am
Tue November 4, 2014

It's Election Day: Here Are 5 Headlines That Tell The Story

Sweepers stir up dust as they clean the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:23 am

Voters across the country are headed to polls this morning. Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats and 36 governor's chairs are in play.

Our friends at It's All Politics have a ton of coverage. We'll leave you with five headlines from across the web that give you a broad overview of what to expect:

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Tue November 4, 2014

The Election Day Ebola Quiz: Match The Politician And The Quote

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, center, addressed a gathering on Ebola preparedness last month at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Mel Evans AP

This Election Day comes as the world is dealing with an Ebola crisis. Eager to educate the public and/or pander to paranoia, politicians have been eagerly weighing in on the disease. Can you match the quote and the speaker?

THE QUOTES

1. "Ladies and gentlemen, we have an Ebola outbreak, we have bad actors who can come across the border. We need to seal the border and secure it."

2. "I don't believe when you're dealing with something as serious as this that we can count on a voluntary [quarantine] system. This is government's job."

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Politics
3:09 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Polls Show New Hampshire's U.S. Senate Race Is A Tossup

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:35 am

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Politics
3:05 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Democrats, GOP Throw Money At Alaska's U.S. Senate Campaigns

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:35 am

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Politics
3:01 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Midterm Elections: It's Now Up To The Voters

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:35 am

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It's All Politics
5:39 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

New Attorney General Not Likely Until 2015

Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, speaks during an April news conference in New York. Lynch is now a leading favorite to replace Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 7:04 pm

Officials in the U.S. Senate and the executive branch increasingly expect the next attorney general to win confirmation in 2015, rather than pushing a candidate through during the lame-duck session of Congress later this year.

The current occupant of the job, Eric Holder, nodded to that likely possibility last week in a conversation at the Washington Ideas Forum in D.C., telling an interviewer he would probably stay until early February, marking six years as the country's top law enforcement officer.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Getting Out The Vote A More Challenging Task In The Midterms

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 pm

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Politics
2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Disappointment With Both Parties A Major Factor In Midterm Elections

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 pm

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Politics
2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Recreational, Medical Pot Initiatives On Ballots Across Country

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 5:59 am

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2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Kansas No Longer A Reliably Red State

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 pm

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2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 pm

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2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 pm

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BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: This is Brian Naylor in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I caught up with 18-year-old Krisha Capellan, who spent this splendid fall day out knocking on doors.

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2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:23 pm

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It's All Politics
12:16 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

5 Widgets And Apps For Election Day

Laney Barroll Stark, of Savannah, Ga., took a picture with her cell phone as Rep. Jack Kingston, who ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia, addressed supporters at his primary runoff election night party in July.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 9:25 am

The 2014 midterm elections are closing in, and time's running out to brush up on the candidates and issues that matter this year. Worried you don't know the essentials? Fear not: We've compiled a list of some apps, widgets, and websites that will arm you with knowledge at the ballot box come Tuesday.

Search "My Ballot" (Google+)

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It's All Politics
6:26 am
Mon November 3, 2014

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

It's a long shot, but there's a scenario where control of the Senate might not be known until Jan. 6 — three days after the start of the next Congress. That's when Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn will face each other in a Georgia runoff if one of them fails to win 50 percent on Tuesday.
David Tulis AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 3:42 pm

If you've enjoyed the battle for control of the Senate over the past many months, here's some good news: The drama could well spill over into next month — or even next year.

While Republicans are increasingly optimistic — and Democrats, pessimistic — about their prospects Tuesday, there are plausible scenarios that could have America waiting well beyond Nov. 4 to know which party will have a Senate majority.

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3:04 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Politics In Colorado Shift With Demographics

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 8:39 am

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All right, one of the states Cokie mentioned there, Colorado. Our colleague Steve Inskeep has been meeting with voters there. It is the scene of an intense Senate race and the state also mirrors the way the nation is evolving.

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3:04 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Colorado Voters Cite Immigration As A Hot Button Issue

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:00 am

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Politics
3:04 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Iowa Senate Candidates Get In Last-Minute Campaigning

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:00 am

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