A slew of legal decisions over the past four years that loosened restrictions on outside group campaign contributions has opened the spending floodgates. Through Nov. 1, outside groups had spent more than $498.7 million on Senate races and $283.1 million on House races, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
...the demographic gap between the two parties in the House is likely to reach a new record high. By our estimate, the percentage of women and minorities in
the Democratic caucus is likely to rise three points to 56 percent, while the share of women and minorities in the GOP conference may rise just two points
to 13 percent. Consider that nearly two thirds of the American electorate is expected to be women and/or minorities in 2016.
But with both races expected to be tight, there’a a chance we might not know the outcome tonight because of a strict new voter-identification law that could force some Kansas residents to cast a provisional ballot that would be counted later. The law, which went into last year, requires voters to show photo identification at the polls — which prevented some senior citizens from voting in the state’s primary elections because their IDs were rejected.
Meanwhile, more than 21,000 people may be blocked from voting at all because of a new provision that requires voters who registered after 2013 to provide proof of citizenship. The law was championed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican known for his work on anti-immigration measures, who argued that he wanted to prevent non-American citizens from canceling the votes of actual Kansas residents. But critics say it is suppressing voters. Of those who hadn’t yet proved their citizenship, 12,327 were independents, according to the Wichita Eagle; 4,787 were Republicans; and 3,948 were Democrats.
Republicans popularity does not exist. Wall Street is afraid of Tea Politics effects. On energy it seems we import from non democratic countries under Republicans and now under Obama we turned it arround and export. Obama rescued auto industry and infrastructure which business loves and he made wall street and Banks accountable. Reality seems to show Democrats have the edge. What am I missing?wendyNov 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM
Waiting for the Republican landslideHeffyrodNov 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Dear Conservatives, if you win the Senate, you better do the following: Reform the Tax code, immigration reform and securing the borders, passing a budget, reducing the debt, reducing STUPID spending (studying the mating habits of Shrimp!), eliminating the Penny, slashing the EPA and the IRS! Failure is not acceptable!NairbNov 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM
Repubs will win. It's their time. No middle roaders. You cannot control or regulate the laws of demand and supply and at the same time retain the freedom of action which is the concept of the American system of private enterprise.BlueDogNov 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM
Most of the Americans voting Tuesday were unhappy or even angry with the Obama administration, exit polls show. But most weren't pleased with Republican
congressional leaders, either.
When will the election map start showing data? Polls are only open for two more hours on the east coast; I'm sure some early numbers are available by now.Tenaciousat 6:02 PM
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Voting is NOT a responsibility, it is a RIGHT for citizens of the United States of America! In this country you have the right, or choice, to vote or not to vote. There are places in this world where you can't vote or you vote for who they say. I am proud to live in a country where you have this right/choice!J. Michael Douglasat 9:47 PM
Medical marijuana amendment fails coming in 2.6% short in the state of Florida while legalized possession in DC is on track to pass by a wide margin.Claytonat 9:47 PM
Moulton just sent out a victory email in the 6th CongressionalDanat 9:45 PM
Voters are casting ballots for the very candidates they blame for a lousy economy and declining national prestige.
Exit polls make clear that a stagnant economy remains voters’ biggest concern, yet voters are sending the same policymakers they blame for the nation’s problems back to Washington. Associated Press exit polls show that more than one third of people who voted Republican say they are angry or disappointed with Republican leadership in Congress. One-fourth of Democratic voters are fed up with President Obama and his fellow Democrats. This means a decisive portion of the electorate is basically voting for the same lousy performance they’ve been getting from Washington.
There are two obvious explanations. First, voters think that as bad as their favored candidate might be, the opposing candidate has to be worse. Fault a rigid two-party system that hogs all the money and leaves virtually no room for viable third- (or fourth-) party candidates. Second, voters aren’t doing what they say they want to do—bring about change. They’re hoping change comes from someplace other than the voting booth and fixes problems that are beyond institutional repair. Those two phenomena combined leave many voters little choice but to perpetuate a political system they disdain.
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