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Hotline Spotlight: The Reveal

All that's left to do is get out the vote and count the ballots. As the first results come in, here's what to watch for:

-- The Canaries. Reps. Ben Chandler (D-KY), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Baron Hill (D-IN) all face the nation's earliest closing times. If all 3 go down, Republicans can start popping champagne. But if either of the Indiana Democrats survive, the GOP should stop counting chickens.

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 4:18pm

Palin AWOL On Campaign Trail

No campaign surrogate has been more closely watched this election season than former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). The media -- this website included -- has analyzed, and overanalyzed the success and failures of Palin's endorsed candidates to try to extrapolate signs of her political standing as she considers a 2012 presidential run.

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 11:40am

Starting Lineup: D Day

Good Tuesday morning and Happy Election Day. It's finally here. If we've done our job, you know what to watch today. Here's what's on our Election Day, lighthearted radar screen: Awkwardness (at best) or a fight (at worst) may break out in Nevada; the nexus of politics and baseball in California; ex-Mariners star Jay Buhner robocalls for Dino Rossi (R) in Washington and the NFL caucus.

Oh yeah, and it's supposed to snow in Alaska today.

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 7:55am

Networks Gear Up For Election Night

Election Day will see an unprecedented amount of coverage for a midterm election with all broadcast and cable networks going live for most, if not all, of the night.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 6:29pm

The Republicans' One-Two Punch

When polls close Tuesday, Republicans are overwhelmingly expected to win enough seats to take back the House. Just two years ago, the GOP was all but left for dead. How did Democrats squander the major electoral gains they achieved and snatch defeat out of the jaws of long-term victory?

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 4:50pm

The Hotline's Final House Rankings

Not to be missed today: House Race Hotline Editor Tim Sahd's final rankings of which districts are most likely to flip on Tuesday.

The final rankings include 90 competitive races -- a sign of how large the playing field is. Which district is number 90? Rhode Island's 1st District, the seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D).

Sahd writes:

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 3:50pm

All Politics Is National

There has been plenty of discussion this cycle about the differing campaign strategies between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans have sought to nationalize their races while Democrats have insisted that by sticking to local issues, some of their members will be able to withstand historical midterm headwinds.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 3:06pm

Cook Puts Four More Democrats On Notice

The Cook Political Report put four more incumbent House Democrats on notice Monday -- adding them to its very large Toss Up category.

Cook has moved Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree (Maine), Jim Oberstar (Minn.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Rick Boucher (Va.) into the toss up column. It has also moved Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine) from Likely Democrat to Lean Democrat.

These ratings changes show the rapidly widening play field for the GOP. Michaud was well off anyone's radar screen two weeks ago, as was Pingree.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 2:11pm

Rubio's Starpower

Want a surefire sign that Florida Republican Senate contender Marco Rubio is already a major force in Republican politics? Check out how many media outlets have requested credentials for his election night party.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 1:02pm

Looking at Washington's Newcomers

Congress will see one of its biggest shifts in personnel after Tuesday's votes. The following candidates in the 2010 election have a nearly unobstructed path to victory after winning primaries in districts that are either solidly Republican or Democratic. National Journal will profile all of the likely new members of Congress and add to this total on election night.

View a state-by-state list of potential Congressional newcomers.

Posted: Monday, November 1, 2010 - 11:10am