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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

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

A woman reads alert on Ebola inside the Bellevue Hospital where Dr. Craig Spencer is being treated for Ebola symptoms in New York on Oct. 23, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Anxious America: Voters react to Ebola, ISIS

11/04/14 08:21PM

The 2014 midterm election comes at a time when many Americans are anxious about world events. A lot of negative news confronted Americans – and was woven into campaigns – in the final weeks before this election. The NBC News exit poll found that voters across the nation offered varying opinions on the government’s response to these concerns. read more