NPR News Coverage of Election 2002 Results

In midterm elections where many races went down to the wire, Republicans regained control of the Senate and added to their advantage in the House of Representatives, while Democrats gained ground in governors' mansions around the nation. NPR News journalists and analysts assess the election results.

listenMidterm Election Analysis
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with E.J. Dionne, a columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and with David Brooks, senior editor at The Weekly Standard. They discuss the highlights of Tuesday's election results.

listenDaniel Schorr Analysis
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says predictions of a Democratic majority failed to come true. Despite what some describe as a change in voter demographics that could have swept Democrats into office, the Democrats proved unable to tap into the prophesied groundswell, Schorr says.

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listenRepublicans Win Big in Midterm Elections
Republicans recapture control of the Senate and add to their advantage in the House. Democrats increase their hold on statehouses, adding at least three governorships. Hear NPR's Mara Liasson.

listenTrent Lott to Lead Senate
NPR's Bob Edwards talks with Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott about what the future holds. Now that the Republicans control both houses of Congress as well as the White House, the party is already planning ahead, with Lott as the new Majority Leader.

listenGOP Gains House Seats
NPR's Bob Edwards talks with House Speaker Dennis Hastert about the Republicans widening their majority in the House in the midterm elections.

Results, Players in Key Races
Read and hear NPR News journalists' assessments of some of the key races decided Nov. 5.

Campaign Finance Reform Now in Effect
The campaigns of 2002 appear to be the most lavishly financed congressional elections in U.S. history, reports NPR's Peter Overby. But starting the day after the Nov. 6 midterm elections, all of that is supposed to change: Tough provisions of a new campaign finance reform law take effect. Read how some groups are already preparing to circumvent the new law.