November 6, 2012 Republicans easily maintained their hold on the House, while missteps from Tea Party favorites helped Democrats retain a majority in the Senate.That means the two chambers of Congress remain deeply divided, with prospects for agreement on such big-ticket items as deficits, tax rates and climate change unclear.
November 5, 2012 It has been seen for decades as a fundamental premise of campaign finance: The public has an absolute right to know who gave and who got, so it can make an informed judgment as to what those contributors might want, and then hold elected officials accountable. But the rules have changed.
November 5, 2012 The cost of the 2012 election will top a record $6 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. If you find it difficult to visualize that figure, here are a few other ways to think about what $6 billion could buy.
November 5, 2012 This pre-election Political Junkie column focuses on all presidential swing states and key races for House and Senate.
November 4, 2012 Since Republican Richard Mourdock made a controversial comment about rape, his opponent has been trying to pick up the voters Mourdock may have lost. But not everyone has turned away from him. Meanwhile, outside money has been pouring in.
November 4, 2012 In the closing days of the campaign, some serious money is coming in behind the controversial GOP Senate nominee, and one recent poll showed his race against Claire McCaskill is a dead heat. But most observers think Akin's already done his campaign too much damage.
November 3, 2012 In an election where we're told every vote counts, a large swath of eligible Americans are not planning to vote early or late or at any time. For myriad reasons — cynicism, apathy, moral objections — some people are choosing to abstain. Here's what they told us.
November 3, 2012 Whether a candidate is behind or ahead in the opinion polls, political campaigns have a vested interest in portraying every race as close — even if it's looking like a blowout.
November 3, 2012 California's 7th Congressional District is the site of one of the most expensive races in the country. After California's independent redistricting committee redrew the district's boundaries, the seat has become competitive, and Democrats have put it on their list of seats they think they can take.
November 1, 2012 Republican candidates have benefited more than twice as much as their Democratic counterparts from the spending by outside groups. More than 80 percent of all the Republican outside money comes from secret donors. On the Democratic side, less than 10 percent of the money is secret.
November 1, 2012 When President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came together in the aftermath of the superstorm, pundits took notice of a rare moment of bipartisanship and wondered if more was to come.