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Two states say yes to recreational marijuana

Two states say yes to recreational marijuana

11/05/14 05:25AM

Voters in Oregon and Washington D.C. approved recreational use of marijuana, and it appears likely to also happen in Alaska. Josh Barro joins Thomas Roberts to discuss the midterm ballot initiatives, including raising the minimum wage. watch

Kasie Hunt's big campaign trail takeaways

Kasie Hunt's big campaign trail takeaways

11/05/14 05:16AM

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt joins Thomas Roberts to discuss what she learned traveling to battleground states, what she expects from the Republican-controlled Congress and what was her favorite campaign. watch

U.S. Senator-elect Cory Gardner (R-CO) celebrates in Denver on Nov. 4, 2014.

Latino vote hints at hope and danger for GOP

11/05/14 03:39AM

DENVER, Colo. -- Latino activists and immigration reform advocates knew going into the midterms that 2014 wasn’t the ideal election to punish Republicans for killing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer in Auburn Hills, Mich., on Oct. 16, 2014.

2016 starts now

11/05/14 03:38AM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The starting pistol on the next election was fired even before the polls closed, as potential 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls began to spin the results in their favor and take shots at Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. read more

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to questions during an event on Sept. 12, 2014, in New York, N.Y.

Midterm voters rate potential 2016 presidential candidates

11/05/14 12:45AM

The NBC News national exit poll of voters suggests they are divided on which party should occupy the White House after President Obama leaves office. And they are not particularly enthusiastic about the presidential qualifications of the potential contenders. read more

Republican U.S. Senator-elect Joni Ernst embraces and thanks her family after she won the U.S. Senate race on election night at the Marriott Hotel Nov. 4, 2014 in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

With Joni Ernst win, a star is born in Iowa

11/05/14 12:08AM

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Republican Joni Ernst has won the heated Iowa Senate race, giving Republicans control of the upper chamber and launching herself into the stratosphere of political celebrity. read more

Demonstrators stand near a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown on Oct., 11 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. (Photo by Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty)

Just 20% say race relations have improved in past few years

11/04/14 10:57PM

Amid episodes like the unrest over the summer in Ferguson, Missouri, how have American voters’ perceptions of race relations changed since Barack Obama was elected the nation’s first black president? The 2014 NBC News national exit poll found that voters are twice as likely to say that things have gotten worse than say they have improved. read more

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) addresses guests at a Democratic Party election night event at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel on Nov. 4, 2014 in Denver, Colo. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty)

Cory Gardner defeats Mark Udall in critical Colorado Senate race

11/04/14 10:52PM

Udall’s contest against Republican Congressman Cory Gardner, who held a narrow average lead in the final round of polling, was one of the most closely watched in the country by national party leaders. Unlike most of Senate states up for grabs in 2014, which tend to lean right, Democrats have dominated Colorado politics in recent years. read more

US President Barack Obama speaks during a rally at North Division High School on Oct. 28, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wis. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

The Obama factor in the 2014 midterm election

11/04/14 10:06PM

Midterms are always seen as a referendum on the incumbent president. It hasn’t helped Democrats that President Obama’s job approval ratings are even lower than they were in 2010, when his party lost control of the House of Representatives. read more

Terrence Hall (L) and Christopher DeCaria (R) display their marriage license to the media outside of the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 13, 2014.

Midterm voters split on same-sex marriage

11/04/14 09:06PM

The NBC News national exit poll found that midterm voters are evenly divided -- 49% supporting and 47% opposed -- on the legality of same-sex marriage, similar to the views of voters in the 2012 presidential election. read more