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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:05pm

Latinos make up 9 percent of the state's population and 2 percent of registered voters, and a new poll shows many are undecided. In Charlotte, Michel Martin learns more about their growing influence.

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Outside Group Sends Blunt Message In N.C. Senate Race

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:03am

The Koch Brothers-backed American Future Fund is running online ads supporting Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh, who backs marijuana legalization. The slogan? "More weed, less war."

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Big-Spending Democrat Faces Off With Koch Brothers In Campaign Ads

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:47am

Climate change activist Tom Steyer has become the single biggest supporter of Democrats this election. New FEC filings show he gave his NextGen Climate Action superPAC another $15 million. In ads, NextGen is tying candidates in six Senate races to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

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Another Man Jumps White House Fence, But Is Stopped On The Lawn

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 7:22pm

A month after a man armed with a knife leapt the White House fence and got deep into the first floor of the building, another man made a run across the north lawn Wednesday night.

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Justice Ginsburg Revises Texas Voter ID Dissent, Then Announces It

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:20pm

The U.S. Supreme Court is correcting its own record. That's not exactly rare, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first justice to call the public's attention to her own mistake.

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Want Your Absentee Vote To Count? Don't Make These Mistakes

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:31pm

About one in five voters now mail in their ballots, but many get rejected because they arrive late, the voter forgets to sign the form or the signature does not match the one on record.

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1 Wounded Near Canada's Parliament As Police Seek More Assailants

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:41am

A man reportedly carrying a long gun shot at least one person at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and also fired shots on Parliament Hill.

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The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:33am

States that could determine which party controls the Senate next year have been barraged for months with campaign ads. For better or for worse, here are some of the most noteworthy.

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Concern Over New-Voter Registration In Georgia Ahead Of Election

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:33am

A lawsuit in Georgia claims more than 40,000 voter registration applications are missing weeks before the November midterm election. Lawyers say they belong to new African-American, Latino and Asian-American voters. But state officials say all applications have been processed.

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Concern Over New-Voter Registration In Georgia Ahead Of Election

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:33am

Weeks before the November election, a Georgia lawsuit claims more than 40,000 voter registration applications — mainly from black, Latino and Asian-American voters — are missing.

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Obama Sits Out Campaigning As Fill-Ins Stump For Democrats

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:33am

With President Obama's popularity suffering, other big-name Democrats are trying to give candidates a boost. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Don Gonyea about what they're telling voters.

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Obama Has To Balance His Base Without Hurting Dems In Red States

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

If Democrats have a chance of hanging onto Senate seats in southern states, they need to do well with African American voters. But for President Obama, that creates a difficult balance between turning out the base and energizing GOP voters who don't like him.

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Partisan Divide Over Voting Rights Has Intensified In Obama Era

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

Since his early days in politics, President Obama has championed the cause of expanding access to the ballot box. But that cause is facing growing resistance, in the guise of preventing "voter fraud."

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In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:45am

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

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After Narrow Loss In 2012, GOP's Mia Love Finds New Strength In Utah

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Mia Love is running again in Utah's 4th Congressional District after losing to Democrat Jim Matheson in 2012. Now front-runner, she could become the first black female Republican elected to Congress.

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A Tight Race Emerges To Fill Seat Left By Iowa's Sen. Harkin

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm

Longtime Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin is retiring. Host Robert Siegel profiles the close midterm race to replace him and one voting group that could sway the election: women voters.

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Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.

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This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

This midterm cycle, more than half the ads from so-called outside groups are being paid for by secret donors. That means voters will never know who's paying tens of millions of dollars for those ads.

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N.H. Senate Race Becomes Focal Point For Both Parties

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had maintained a lead over the Republican field throughout the year in the swing state. But Republican Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator, has closed the gap since his nomination in September.

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Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

Weekend Edition Sunday's new segment, "For the Record," kicks off with politics and Ebola. NPR's Rachel Martin asks NPR's Mara Liasson and Dallas columnist J. Floyd about the politics of the disease.

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