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Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican Senate candidate, attends a sheep judging at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 8, 2014.

Quiz: Close race in corn country

10/22/14 08:59AM

With Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin retiring, the Republicans are looking to make a pickup in the Hawkeye State. Republican Joni Ernst, an Iowa State Senator and Army veteran, faces off against Democrat Bruce Braley, a Congressman and former lawyer. The race is one of the tightest in the country, and outside groups on both sides have been spending heavily. read more

Republican candidate for the United States Senate Scott Brown speaks at a campaign rally at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, N.H. on Oct. 5, 2014.

Jeanne Shaheen accuses Scott Brown of 'fear mongering' in debate

10/21/14 10:30PM

New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown clashed over ISIS, Ebola, and health care at their debate in Concord on Tuesday. Brown, whose campaign has focused intensely on national security issues in recent months, accused President Obama of failing to protect Americans from Ebola. read more

Kay Hagan, Thom Tills

Quiz: Can North Carolina hold on to its last bit of blue?

10/21/14 08:50AM

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is trying to hold on in this conservative-leaning state. Recent polling suggests Hagan holding a small but consistent lead against her Republican rival, House Speaker Tom Tillis. A new CNN/ORC survey shows Hagan ahead by three points. read more

North Carolina Politics

Democrats spend big on more than just ads

10/13/14 01:59PM

Senate Democrats are posting record fundraising hauls— but Republicans, fueled by a deluge of secret money, figure to more than keep pace. So if Democrats do end up beating the odds and holding onto control of the chamber, it might be less because of how much money they spent, and more because of how they spent it. read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she leaves the Economic Club of Chicago in Chicago on Oct. 8, 2014. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

New Hampshire still Clinton country

10/10/14 11:12AM

The state that made Bill Clinton the “comeback kid” in 1992 and then came through for his wife after her brutal loss in the Iowa in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary is ready for Hillary, according to a new poll. read more