Election Day 2014 is here: America votes on the future of the Senate
The most expensive midterm season in American history culminates with Election Day on Tuesday. People all across the country will be voting on every seat in the House, several governorships and most significantly — control of the U.S. Senate.
Democrats are facing a harsh electoral landscape. President Obama is mired in mediocre approval ratings, and multiple polls suggest that voters are leaning towards GOP candidates in most of the country’s most competitive races. Still, progressives are holding out hope that moderate Democrats like Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky can pull off unlikely upsets to offset inevitable GOP gains.
Several races for both governor and U.S. senator are incredibly tight and the major parties’ turnout efforts are likely to make the biggest difference in the final results. Will controversial ballot initiatives drive voters to the polls? Can voter ID laws stifle the increasingly crucial black vote? Political pundits and junkies will be watching Tuesday to find out.
As voters flock to the polls across this nation, take a look at the unique moments and individuals who make our country’s democratic process so special. No matter what party comes out on top, it will likely be a long, exciting night — and then it will be full speed ahead to Election Day 2016.