Democrats & Republicans Showdown as 2014 Midterm Elections Heat Up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife Elaine Chao wave to supporters after a victory celebration following McConnell's victory in the Kentucky Republican primary. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife Elaine Chao wave to supporters after a victory celebration following McConnell's victory in the Kentucky Republican primary. (Getty Images)

Democrats have held the majority in the United States Senate for almost eight years now, but as the November 2014 midterm elections approach, Republicans are feeling confident they can take it back.

This week at The Takeaway, we're taking a closer look at some of the 36 races heating up across the country.

We sat down for a game of Texas Hold'em —Senate elections style—with Ken Rudin, the host of the Political Junkie podcast and the former political editor for NPR.

Then we take a closer look at the race in North Carolina between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis. Despite early reports, Senator Kay Hagan is holding on to a solid lead.

Why, during an election year when Republicans appear to have the upper hand, is Tillis struggling? According to Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project at American University, Tillis is up against a deeply divided Republican electorate. You can also read his recent post about the North Carolina race here

Guests:

Dante Chinni and Ken Rudin

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Megan Quellhorst

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

hagen from Georgia

Ken Rudin has his own Political Junkie podcast now, found at: http://krpoliticaljunkie.com.

Aug. 03 2014 10:10 AM
Desta

I don't think it is appropriate for the host of a public radio broadcast to make a determination, such as in saying Obama is a very unpopular president. He is still very popular on the West Coast and many other places! You sound like you are working for a particular side. The host needs to be neutral and state facts, not party talking points! This is why I haven't donated to PBS for quite a while.

Jul. 29 2014 04:34 PM
ED KAISER from ST. LOUIS, MO

AMEN!! to bringing the POLITICAL JUNKIE in the person of Ken Rudin back to NPR but NOT to THE TAKEAWAY (not an NPR show anyway) which tends to leave me cold with its cutesy style, unapologetically liberal bias and rather disjointed magazine format. I also miss the live interaction with listeners still on the Dianne Rehm Show and still missed from the late, great TALK OF THE NATION.

Jul. 29 2014 02:06 PM
Cacimbo

NPR should bring back the "Political Junkie" weekly program.

Jul. 29 2014 10:50 AM

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