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Rachel Wellford is an elections producer for PBS NewsHour.
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Nation Oct 09How Trump and trade factor into Heitkamp’s reelection battle
North Dakota is small in terms of population, but its Senate race this fall is attracting major attention. Incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, the only high-level Democratic official left in the state, faces a close contest with Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, an…
Politics Sep 12How Brett Kavanaugh and the abortion debate are driving a key Senate race
In Missouri, two opposing campaigns share a focus: how a potential Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh could impact the landmark legal decision Roe v. Wade. Republican candidate for Senate Josh Hawley has made it a central part of his bid against…
Politics Aug 294 takeaways from the last major primaries of 2018
In the primaries Tuesday, a moderate Republican fended off conservative challengers in Arizona, while a progressive Democrat won a key race in Florida. Here are key takeaways.
Politics Aug 27Despite losses, McCain’s spirit was ‘never broken,’ says former defense secretary
Judy Woodruff looks back on the prolific and storied career of Sen. John McCain, from his military heroism to two disappointing presidential campaigns to a reputation as a party maverick. Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen was a close friend…
Politics Aug 088 key takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries
Two elections Tuesday remain too close to call, while in other races Democrats and Republicans positioned themselves for general elections. Here are takeaways from the primaries.
Nation Jul 09More than 2 centuries of Supreme Court justices, in 18 numbers
What do we know about those who have served on the nation's highest court?…
Nation Jul 06DACA recipients who dream of military service are stuck in limbo
The United States Army has been quietly discharging a number of immigrant recruits, according to recent reports by the Associated Press and the NewsHour's own reporting. Yamiche Alcindor shares the story of another group of young immigrant recruits in limbo.
Politics Jun 20What Trump rally supporters say about family separation
President Trump left the immigration firestorm behind on Wednesday afternoon, traveling to Minnesota to meet a far friendlier crowd. Ahead of a primary campaign rally, Yamiche Alcindor talks with supporters and protesters, then joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the news…
Politics Jun 13What happened in every key primary race last night
It was a night of mixed success, but Tuesday’s primaries produced mostly victories for President Trump-endorsed candidates in South Carolina and North Dakota.
Politics Apr 18Poll: 47 percent of voters won’t back candidate who supports impeaching Trump
The survey was released Wednesday, as Trump faced mounting legal challenges from both Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and a separate probe by federal prosecutors into his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.