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2022 Midterms

  1. early and often
    Freedom Caucus Won’t Let Kevin McCarthy Forget Who Owns HimMembers are already making demands that would limit McCarthy’s power if he becomes Speaker. In a closely divided House, he’ll have to bow to them.
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    Democrats’ Midterm Comeback Could Be Too Little, Too LateDespite renewed optimism about a rare president’s-party midterm victory, there remain some disturbing signs and scary possibilities.
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    Herschel Walker Tells Us: ‘I’m Not That Smart’The Republican Senate candidate may be lowering expectations a bit too much for his one debate with Raphael Warnock.
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    Conversations Can Save Our Democracy, TooHaving frank, civil discussions with others about issues, candidates, and how our democracy works can make a difference.
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    Democrats and Republicans Aren’t Even Talking About the Same Issues This YearRepublicans want to talk about inflation and crime; Democrats want to talk about abortion. No wonder they’re talking past each other.
  6. the inside game
    Biden Isn’t the Main Character of the Midterms AnymoreThat’s a very good thing for Democrats — and it has Republicans nervous.
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    The Georgia Governor’s Race Is Ground Zero for PolarizationThe rematch between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams in an evenly divided state will be all about turning on the base.
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    Do Debates Really Matter in Senate Races?Questions about candidates like Herschel Walker and John Fetterman, plus a general breakdown in bipartisanship, have made the topic hotter than ever.
  9. life after roe
    Lindsey Graham Caught the Garbage TruckThe senator thought he was doing his party a favor with his abortion ban.
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    Republicans Shudder as Extremist Don Bolduc Wins Senate PrimaryNational Republicans pushed Chuck Morse in New Hampshire’s GOP Senate primary, hoping to give Democrat Maggie Hassan a real challenge. It didn’t work.
  11. life after roe
    Lindsey Graham Clears a Path for Republicans to Retreat on AbortionA 15-week ban nationwide, instead of the total and near-total bans percolating in the states, is a signal the GOP is fearful of the Dobbs backlash.
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    New Hampshire Senate Primary Could Be Another Unforced Error for GOPExtremist GOP front-runner Don Bolduc will be toast against Democrat Maggie Hassan, so national Republicans are trying to take him down.
  13. early and often
    Will the Polls Be Wrong Again in 2022?A lot of Democrats’ current midterms optimism is based on the assumption that today’s polls are more accurate than they were in 2016 or 2020.
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    Democrats Need a Miracle to Keep the House. It Might Be on Long Island.After trying and failing to gerrymander themselves to safety, they need to win these key races.
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    Democrats Learn to Love the Culture WarWedge issues used to be the weapon solely of Republicans, but that’s changed with a push to force senators to vote to codify same-sex marriage.
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    Can Mandela Barnes Pivot His Way to Beating Ron Johnson?The race that may decide who controls the Senate.
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    Where Will the Midterms Go From Here?Traditionally, Labor Day is when elections really kick into gear. Democrats are in a surprisingly good place, but they could still use some breaks.
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    Rick Scott Wants Mitch McConnell to Be ‘Cheerleader’ for Bad CandidatesScott, the Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, is upset at McConnell for merely hinting that weak MAGA candidates are a problem for the party.
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    Sarah Palin’s Comeback Fails, Sending Democrat Mary Peltola to CongressRepublican divisions and voters’ distaste for Palin helped give Peltola, an Alaska Native, a narrow win in Alaska’s special election.
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    Mehmet Oz Recently Flip-Flopped to an Extreme Abortion StanceAnd now the GOP Senate candidate may need to flip right back as he struggles to catch up with Democratic opponent John Fetterman.
  21. life after roe
    Vulnerable Anti-abortion House Republicans Set a Trap for ThemselvesPre-Dobbs, at-risk House Republicans bent the knee to the anti-abortion movement by backing a federal “personhood” statute. Now it actually matters.
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    Blake Masters Has a Lot of Thoughts About Black PeopleHe says Kamala Harris is not qualified to be vice-president, diversity hurts the economy, and the gun scourge is the fault of “Black people, frankly.”
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    Alaska Will Send Either Sarah Palin or a Democrat to CongressThe state’s complex new voting system is producing a surprise result in the special election to complete the term of the late congressman Don Young.
  24. life after roe
    Focus on Abortion Rights Can Help Blue-State Democrats TooAs polling on California’s abortion-rights ballot initiative shows, Democrats everywhere were mobilized by Dobbs. That could matter a lot in November.
  25. the city politic
    4 Big Takeaways From New York’s Weird Late-Summer PrimariesHow backlash to overturning Roe v. Wade, incumbency, and the rejection of a few extremist candidates by New York Republicans may matter.
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    What If Democrats Actually Won the Midterms?If Democrats control both houses of Congress in 2023, including enough senators to kill the filibuster, they better get as much done as possible.
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    Biden’s Job-Approval Numbers Are (Slowly) ClimbingThe president is still too unpopular to help Democrats produce a midterm upset, but the trends are in the right direction.
  28. life after roe
    Blake Masters Executes Huge If Sneaky Flip-Flop on AbortionFeeling heat on his extremist abortion position, Trump’s guy in Arizona’s Senate race changed his position and accused his opponent of lying about it.
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    Trump Revives His Feud With McConnell (and His Wife, ‘Coco’)The former president is raging at Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao once again. But Trump and McConnell need each other too much to feud forever.
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    Georgia Republicans Pretend Trump Didn’t Label Them TraitorsAfter surviving Trump’s attempt to purge them, candidates like Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger are trying to reunite their party for November.
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    Crist to DeSantis Supporters: I Don’t Want Your Votes!One of America’s sunniest politicians is gambling that he can run against hate, which he says is a key characteristic of Ron DeSantis voters.
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    The Zoomers Are Coming to CongressMaxwell Frost, 25, won a Democratic House primary in Florida, setting him on a course to be the first member of Gen Z on Capitol Hill.
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    Democrats Are Riding the Backlash to the End of RoeA New York special election is the latest in a string of surprises since the Supreme Court’s ruling, with some candidates outperforming Biden.
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    In Florida, It Was a Battle Between MAGA and Mega-MAGAOnce general election competition has been swept away by gerrymanders, there’s no end to the extremism.
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    What a Difference a Year Has Made for Gavin NewsomAfter surviving a 2021 effort to recall him, the California governor is cruising to an easy reelection and making national waves.
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    Florida Democrats Pick Ex-Republican Charlie Crist to Take On Ron DeSantisNikki Fried offered “something new,” but Democrats decided they needed someone tried and true to take on the menacing incumbent Republican.
  37. life after roe
    How Abortion Transformed Democrats’ Midterm ChancesThe backlash to the fall of Roe could boost Democratic turnout, change swing-voter attitudes, and put Republicans on the defensive.
  38. early and often
    The 4 Big Races to Watch in New YorkThe Democratic primaries will test the strength of the left, and a special election may determine how abortion rights will play in November.
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    What Would a Divided Congress Do After the Midterms?If the midterms produce a Republican House and a Democratic Senate, expect more noise than legislation for the rest of Biden’s term.
  40. just asking questions
    Could Democrats Really Pull Off a Miracle in November?The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter on 2022’s unusual midterm dynamics.
  41. the national interest
    Mitch McConnell’s Terrible Candidates Are His Own FaultThis happened because the GOP decided not to confront Trump’s election lies.
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    Trump (Mostly) Got His Revenge on Republicans Who Voted to ImpeachOnly two of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach will be on the ballot in November. Both benefitted from nontraditional primaries.
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    Liz Cheney Got Democrats to Vote for Her. It Didn’t Matter.The rogue Republican won over quite a few Democratic voters, which made her terrible primary loss in Wyoming look a little bit better.
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    Who Is This Succession-Themed Adam Laxalt Attack Ad For?The target appears to be Succession-obsessed media types like me, but there’s one problem: I can’t help but love every awful member of the Roy clan.
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    2022 Midterms: A Guide to the Races Worth WatchingA cheat sheet to keep track of all the crucial races, primary upsets, and campaign drama — Trump-fueled and otherwise — from now through Election Day.
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    Sarah Palin Still Has Two Shots at Going to CongressPalin has yet to be eliminated in Alaska’s complex new voting system. Her celebrity status is still both her biggest asset and her biggest liability.
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    Liz Cheney and the Demise of Anti-Trump RepublicanismUntil recently, the Wyoming representative was a rising GOP star and heir to the party’s conservative conquerers. Then she ran afoul of Trump.
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    Biden’s on a Roll. So When Will He Become Popular Again?The president remains far from the kind of job-approval numbers associated with the three presidents who escaped midterm misery.
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    The Bad News for Democrats on Crime and ImmigrationPollster Stan Greenberg says the midterm landscape has improved for Democrats, but they need to find more credible positions on certain issues.
  50. life after roe
    Abortion-Rights Fight Finally Gives Kamala Harris a Chance to LeadAfter being assigned several no-win tasks, the veep is emerging as the White House’s biggest champion on the crucial issue of reproductive rights.
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