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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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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This Week’s Trivia Question – 9/11/14

The primaries are over, and now we know whose names will appear on the ballots in November. It’s a good but not great year for women –there are now nine women nominated for governor, nine running for the U.S. Senate, and 161 for the U.S. House of Representatives.  New Hampshire holds one record:  it’s the …

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This Week’s Trivia Question – 9/4/14

Last week, we talked the talk on New Hampshire with Maeve Reston of the L.A. Times. This week, we’re walking the walk. Ken abandoned all his Beltway comforts to smell that sweet 2016 air IN PERSON and get a feel for how the presidential primary season is shaping up right now. Hey, we know it’s …

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Episode #41: NH 2016 — Are We There Yet?

We know we sound whiny, but we figured if we’re in New Hampshire, there’s no way we can avoid talking 2016 presidential politics.  So we brought two guests into the studio with us at New Hampshire Public Radio:  former state Republican chair Fergus Cullen and Democratic state Senate leader Sylvia Larsen, to talk about their …

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Episode #40: Is Obama Over the Hill (& Vice-Versa)?

With under 70 days to go before the midterm election, the favorability of President Obama seems to be declining each day.  His latest problem seems to be less about policy than about tone — taking a break from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to strongly denounce the gruesome killing of American journalist James Foley … only to immediately return …

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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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