Kentucky’s Senate race pits the second most powerful Republican in Washington against a hard-charging 35-year-old Democratic challenger. Five-time incumbent Mitch McConnell stands to become the next majority leader, but he’s also unpopular in his home state. Meanwhile, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has had to keep her distance from another unpopular politician, President Obama. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
In some midterm Senate races, Republicans have tried to leverage negative public opinion of the president against their Democratic challengers. Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg Political Report and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategies behind some of the tight races and what to watch on Election Night. Continue reading
The front-runner in one of West Virginia’s state delegate races is a college freshman who won her primary while still in high school. Meet Saira Blair, an 18-year-old Republican and the daughter of a state senator, who says she wants to get into politics to encourage her generation to stay in-state and grow the economy. Political editor Lisa Desjardins reports. Continue reading
Despite all of the U.S. media’s fanfare about Tuesday’s midterm elections, most eligible voters likely will duck their civic duties on Election Day. Historically, nearly one-third fewer U.S. voters show up to the polls during a midterm election than a … Continue reading
How will you know who won Tuesday’s elections? County and state governments count the votes and eventually certify the results. But that can take weeks.
Americans are used to learning most of their winners on election night, whether the news comes from television, radio, a newspaper, a website or a tweet. That’s possible because of the election network built by The Associated Press, a not-for-profit news cooperative. PBS NewsHour subscribes to the AP, and so the results we will broadcast Tuesday night will reflect the AP’s calls. Continue reading
The Supreme Court is taking its second look at a dispute over the wording of U.S. passports for Americans born in Jerusalem, a case with potential foreign policy implications in the volatile Middle East.
The justices are hearing arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by the parents of Menachem Zivotofsky, an American who was born in Jerusalem in 2002. Continue reading
Over the weekend, a rash of polls were released — all pointing to a Republican edge. There are still some key questions for Election Night. One big one — will it end on Election Night? Republicans need to net six seats to take control of the Senate. Continue reading
Much of the analysis after the 2012 presidential election focused on how the Obama campaign had made better use of technology than the Romney campaign to get its supporters to the polls. So how are both major parties doing this time around in the days leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections? Journalist Ashley Parker joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington. Continue reading