Races to Watch
Marco Rubio is fighting for his Senate seat against Democratic rival Representative Patrick Murphy in Florida. Incumbent Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois is facing a strong challenge from Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth. In North Carolina, Republican Senator Richard Burr is in a tight race against Democrat Deborah Ross. Democrat Evan Bayh is attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat from Republican Representative Todd Young in Indiana. In Missouri, Democrat Jason Kander is giving Republican Senator Roy Blunt a run for his money. Catherine Cortez Masto, the former Nevada attorney general, and Republican Representative Joe Heck are vying to replace Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who’s held the seat for 30 years. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is challenging Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte for her Senate seat in one of the most closely watched races of the year. Pennsylvania Senator Patrick Toomey is trying to fend off Democrat Katie McGinty, a former Bill Clinton adviser. And in Wisconsin, Democrat Russ Feingold is challenging Republican Senator Ron Johnson to retake his old Senate seat.
The Atlantic’s Election Day Coverage
It’s Almost Over: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have spent more than a year competing for the White House—and across the country, down-ballot Republicans and Democrats are competing in tight congressional races. Today, it all comes to an end, as Americans head to the polls to decide who will represent them. We’re following it live here. (The Editors)
A Closer Look: A number of Republican-led counties in North Carolina have succeeded in their efforts to suppress black early-voting turnout, according to data from North Carolina’s State Board of Elections. But the story is much more complicated when analyzed up close. Here’s why. (Vann R. Newkirk II)
Shifting the Balance: Demographic and geographic changes in the Rustbelt and Sunbelt may be accelerated this election cycle. As Ronald Brownstein puts it: “This may be remembered as the fast-forward election.”
Back to Normal: The residents of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, are evenly split between Democratic and Republican candidates this election cycle. But what they can all agree on is that they’ve had enough of the political chaos—and are looking forward to November 9 “when Pennsylvania can stop being a full-time swing state.” (Emma Green)