Top 30 House Races — Where Incumbent Party Could Change

The Senate may turn.  The House, probably not.  If anything, Republicans are expected to expand on their current 234-201 advantage (including vacancies). But with great fluctuation in many of the races, there is no shortage of seats that may change parties on Tuesday. Here are our Top 30 House seats most likely to fall to …

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Episode #49: The 2014 Midterm Election Special

We’re here. It’s time for the 2014 midterm elections. And so, we have a show for the ages. We start off with Republican Vin Weber and Democrat Anna Greenberg laying out what’s at stake on November 4th, and what it might mean for the final two years of the Obama presidency. And then we go …

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Most Eyes On Florida & Wisconsin Among 36 Governor Races

With most attention this year squarely on which party will control the Senate, it is understandable that the 36 states holding gubernatorial elections are taking a back seat.  But between the recent “fangate” flap in Florida and the presidential hopes of Wisconsin’s Scott Walker — not to mention that two of the last three presidents …

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Odds Still Say GOP Takes Senate, But Wild Cards Remain

If you’re a partisan — a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat or Republican — you’re probably a nervous wreck these days.  With just over two weeks to go and with all the twists and turns and surprises, the battle for the Senate is nothing short of nail-biting-to-the-bone, if not heart-stopping. If you’re a political junkie — like we …

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Episode #44: Bombs Fall, Fingerpointing to Come

Ken Rudin may be bedridden with bronchitis and no voice, but the Political Junkie show must go on. Neal Conan, he of some hosting experience, subs this week. And what a busy week it is. Paul Kane of the Washington Post joins us to talk about the role of Congress in the stepped up war …

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Year Of The Incumbent? Certainly In The Primaries

Both parties are expecting some amount of turnover in November, especially in Senate races, but also in contests for governor and the House. But it’s hard to recall a season in which so few incumbents got knocked off in the primaries. Not counting Louisiana, which holds its “jungle” primary on election day, there are seven …

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In Honor Of Casey Kasem: The Top 40 House Races Of 2014

The death of legendary “top 40” radio personality Casey Kasem last week is the peg for this week’s Political Junkie column:  The top 40 House races of 2014. We still have a ways to go before we know the nominees for all the key contests.  And so this list will be updated several times before …

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A District Of Color: Illinois’ 1st CD

One of the passions of being a political junkie is going back into the past and learning about the candidates, campaigns and personalities of the time.  That’s one reason why we have a “This Week In Political History” feature in our podcasts, and why we offer trivia questions each week as well. Last week’s question …

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Episode #27: On to May 20 & back to 1987

It’s going to be a long primary season.  So maybe we should decide right now that the strength and influence of the Tea Party should not be determined on a week-to-week basis. As Roseann Moring of the Omaha World-Herald reports, the landslide victory of first-time candidate Ben Sasse in the Nebraska GOP Senate primary was heralded as a big win for …

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Episode #18: GOP is Jolly, CPAC is over, and Quinn is in trouble

A big victory for the GOP in a special Florida congressional seat highlights this week’s Political Junkie.  Host Ken Rudin speaks with Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times about the somewhat surprising win by Republican David Jolly in the Sunshine State’s 13th CD.  True, the seat has been in GOP hands since 1955, but since last October’s death of longtime incumbent C.W. …

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