1 Day Until Midterms: Taking The Pulse Of Key Races Around The Country

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Montana Candidates for U.S. Senate, Democrat Jon Tester, left, and Republican Matt Rosendale, right. (Matthew Brown/AP and Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Montana Candidates for U.S. Senate, Democrat Jon Tester, left, and Republican Matt Rosendale, right. (Matthew Brown/AP and Carolyn Kaster/AP)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The final push for the midterms. We’ll check in around the country on the key races and the high stakes.


Lisa Desjardins, correspondent for the PBS Newshour. (@LisaDNews)

Corin Cates-Carney, politics and policy reporter for Montana Public Radio. (@clccarney)

Ronald Hansen, congressional reporter for the Arizona Republic. (@ronaldjhansen)

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán, politics reporter for Nashville Public Radio. (@SergioMarBel)

From The Reading List

PBS NewsHour: "Will ‘red tide’ algae in Florida turn some Republican voters ‘blue’?" — "From rising sea-levels to toxic algae, Florida voters have a host of water problems on their minds this election season. Governor and Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott saw his poll numbers slide as ‘red tide’ algae bloomed. Scott’s critics blame him for cuts to environmental programs. His supporters say a Scott win may mean more help from the Trump administration. Lisa Desjardins reports."

Montana Public Radio: "Former President Of Planned Parenthood Takes The Stage With Jon Tester" — "The former president of Planned Parenthood nationwide joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester in Bozeman, Thursday afternoon, to continue the Democrat’s effort to energize his voting base five days before the midterm election.

"'Women’s rights are on the ballot this year,' says Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parent Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund from 2006 until earlier this year.

"Richards and Tester spoke to a crowd of around 60 people in a theater at Montana State University."

Arizona Republic: "Kyrsten Sinema's and Martha McSally's House voting records put them in the political middle" — "Judging Arizona’s U.S. Senate race from the commercials would suggest a choice between a heartless conservative who voted only to strip health-insurance coverage and a treacherous radical with no congressional record at all.

"Both characterizations airbrush away nuance and obscure perhaps an important truth about Senate rivals Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally: They are, for better or worse, what the political middle looks like in Washington these days.

"Over the past four years, both have cast hundreds of votes in the U.S. House of Representatives at the same time, offering an unusually clear, real-time contrast between them."

Nashville Public Radio: "At A Weekend Rally, Blackburn Makes A Pitch For Republican Unity In The Wake Of Kavanaugh Hearings" — "Republican Marsha Blackburn says she is campaigning hard despite some polls showing her in the lead.

"Her remarks were made Sunday at a rally featuring a prominent Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

"The event served as an attempt to, once again, nationalize the Tennessee Senate race, something that Blackburn has done throughout the campaign.

"Graham focused heavily on the hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh and on the possibility of having a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate if Phil Bredesen is elected."

This program aired on November 5, 2018.


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