Just because it's an off year doesn't mean no one is running. Here are the top House, Senate and gubernatorial contests to pay attention to in the year ahead.
The National Rifle Association came out swinging in its first comments since the Newtown shooting, a sign the group sees a tough fight ahead.
Is a deal still possible? Can John Boehner survive as speaker? Why did he try this Plan B idea, anyway? A guide to what to expect in the weeks ahead.
Once a major thorn in the side of House Speaker John Boehner, the majority leader has fallen into line after a struggle for dominance.
There's more passion behind the prospect of new gun-control legislation than advocates have seen in a decade -- but they still don't have the votes.
In signing anti-union legislation, Michigan's moderate Republican governor inflamed the left and damaged himself politically. Was he really painted into a corner?
A hard-fought presidential election, sea changes on gay rights and marijuana, and intractable disputes over the budget are standout stories in a busy year.
How activists rewrote the political playbook, reversed decades of defeat, and finally won over voters.
Liberals are fired up about Obama's second term and Elizabeth Warren's election. They're about to be disappointed.
Much as they decried the Supreme Court's campaign-finance decision, progressive groups may have exploited it most in this year's election.
As Republicans regroup from electoral disaster, some -- including a rising star in the Senate -- insist conservatism was not to blame.
Americans want a deal that reduces the deficit, raises taxes on the wealthy, and doesn't cut entitlement benefits. But most of all, they want compromise.
Beyond Democrats' incremental gains in numbers, a new crop of sympathetic faces in the House and Senate has given liberals reason to cheer.
The GOP establishment has long wanted to pass comprehensive immigration reform but been cowed by its activist base. Tuesday's election gave them an opening.
The president stakes out a tough position to open negotiations on the looming set of fiscal deadlines facing Congress.
The victories went beyond four gay-marriage ballot initiatives and represent what one advocate calls "a breathtaking leap forward."
How Republicans regroup after Tuesday's losses will shape American politics in the coming months and years. Here's how one sees the party's future.
From landmark victories for marijuana and same-sex marriage to picking up seats in the Senate, the left gained much more than the presidency Tuesday.
After a year and a half of campaigning by Obama and Romney, it all gets decided Tuesday -- or at least that's what we hope.