The Voices That Helped Shape The Campaign Season

This political season started pretty much the day the last one ended. As Election Day looms, and Republicans appear headed for a takeover of the House, host Guy Raz takes a look back at the voices that shaped the campaign, from beginning to (almost) end.

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2010 is set to join 1874, 1910, 1930 and 1994, among others, as a year when the House of Representatives flipped. If the polls are right, John Boehner will become speaker of the House when the 112th Congress convenes in January.

Our cover story today is a look at what to expect on Tuesday. In a moment, we'll get the latest poll numbers from the Pew Research Center. They were crunching them through the night. But first, a look back at how we got here.

Unidentified Woman #1: If you thought election season might be over, you're going to be disappointed. The races for 2010 are already starting.

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Unidentified Man #1: Now to the political earthquake this weekend.

Unidentified Woman #2: Utah Senator Bob Bennett losing to two Washington outsiders.

Unidentified Man #2: Clearly, the Tea Party is gaining power...

Unidentified Woman #3: Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Unidentified Woman #4: Primaries.

Unidentified Woman #5: Bellwethers for the midterm elections in November.

Unidentified Woman #6: Set the tone.

Unidentified Woman #7: Nationwide.

Unidentified Woman #8: Party-switching Senator Arlen Specter fell to a younger, less experienced...

Unidentified Man #3: In Kentucky, Rand Paul already declared the winner of the Republican Senate nomination in that state over Trey Grayson.

Dr. RAND PAUL (Republican Senatorial Candidate, Kentucky): We've come to take our government back.

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Unidentified Man #4: Big primaries in several states yesterday, November midterms just 83 days away.

Unidentified Man #5: Bush tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year.

Unidentified Man #6: The economy is the driving issue in the upcoming midterms.

Unidentified Man #7: The Republicans are hoping to pick up as many as 40 seats in the House if the economy remains in the dump.

Unidentified Man #8: President Obama is starting to make the case that big money, special interests...

Unidentified Man #9: Reveal who your donors are from.

President BARACK OBAMA: They're counting on your silence. They're counting on your amnesia. They're counting on your apathy.

Unidentified Man #10: The airways are clogged with negative ads from independent, third-party groups.

Unidentified Man #11: I believe Washington is crushing us with spending and debt.

Unidentified Woman #9: On Harry Reid's watch, Nevada's unemployment rate has shot past 14 percent.

Unidentified Woman #10: Obama-Pelosi job-killing legislation like cap and trade.

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Ms. SARAH PALIN (Former Alaska Governor): The mama grizzly bears that rise up on their hind legs when somebody's coming.

Unidentified Woman #11: Sarah Palin at this summer's Tea Party convention.

Ms. PALIN: Some in the administration kind of hinting that government needs to take over more aspects of our private industry scares the heck out of me.

Unidentified Woman #12: He has a political rally scheduled.

Unidentified Woman #13: Tea Party groups like FreedomWorks, they had a convention Friday night before the Beck event on Saturday.

NEAL CONAN: Republican surge, the biggest lead ever by either party in a midterm Gallup poll.

Unidentified Man #12: It's economy, economy all the time.

Unidentified Man #13: The Republican leaders on the House side released their Pledge to America.

Representative JOHN BOEHNER (Republican, Ohio; House Minority Leader): You know, the American people are speaking out like never before.

Unidentified Man #14: It's an echo of Newt Gingrich's Contract with America.

Ms. DIANE SAWYER (Anchor, "World News with Diane Sawyer"): Hoping to repeat their insurgent victory at the polls in 1994.

Mr. JONATHAN KARL (Senior Political Correspondent, ABC News): The 45-page document includes more photographs than specifics on spending cuts.

Unidentified Man #15: A big call into Delaware Senate primary. Christine O'Donnell has defeated veteran congressman, GOP establishment, Mike Castle.

Ms. CHRISTINE O'DONNELL (Republican Senatorial Candidate, Delaware): I'm not a witch.

Unidentified Man #16: Tell us about this Alvin Greene.

Unidentified Man #17: He lives at home with his father. He has no staff, no campaign headquarters, no party support, no contributions, no job, no cell phone, no website, no computer.

Ms. AMY WALTER (Political Director, ABC News): It means there is no such thing as a safe state.

President BILL CLINTON: Do the children have a brighter future? Are things coming together or being torn apart? The rest of it is all background music.

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