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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

A cyclist rides across the front plaza of the US Capitol early in the morning on Nov. 4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by J. David Ake/AP)

Voter disapproval of Congress near record high

11/04/14 06:43PM

Voters in this year’s election registered a level of dissatisfaction with government that we haven’t seen in nearly 25 years. Discontent with Washington has been building for a while and Congress in particular has been the object of public ire. And yet very few House seats are likely to change hands today. read more

The U.S. Capitol is reflected in the Senate Park Reflecting pool, on Nov. 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty)

Midterm voters express little faith in Washington, D.C.

11/04/14 06:18PM

One message coming out of this election is that voters are unhappy with everyone in Washington. The NBC News national exit poll found that nearly 1-in-5 voters has lost all trust in the federal government and a similar number are actually angry with both President Obama and the Republican leaders in Congress. read more

Voters wait in a long line to cast their ballots at Epworth United Methodist Church during the midterm Election Day in Atlanta, Ga. on Nov. 4, 2014.

Did young voters show up in Georgia?

11/04/14 05:35PM

ATLANTA —Robbin Wright, 53, is a cancer survivor who has to head to the doctor’s for a checkup after she votes today. But she feels like there’s so much at stake this election that she’s driving her three grown children—aged 20, 26, and 31—back to the polls later in the day, as well as any elderly residents who need a ride in Adamsville, a... read more