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November 5th, 2014
11:26 PM ET

RidicuList: Election night hangover cure

Without CNN's "Magic Wall" how would you know about the voting quirks in places like Barber County, Kansas (population is just under 5,000). The RidicuList pays tribute to the wall's real magic… John King.
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Filed under: John King • Midterm Election 2014 • The RidicuList
November 5th, 2014
11:20 PM ET

How "Red" is the U.S.?

For every candidate who won their midterm race, the road to victory was different. The big question for some is just how red has America become? John King looks at what last night's results say about the direction the country is going.
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November 5th, 2014
11:04 PM ET

Have the first shots of the 2016 Presidential race been fired?

Some say the end of the midterm election is the unofficial start of the 2016 Presidential race. If that's the case, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wasted little time before taking a shot at a potential rival. Senator Paul used his Facebook page to post photos of Hillary Clinton campaigning with candidates who had just been defeated using the hashtag #HILLARYSLOSERS:
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CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley called the move a likely "land speed record" pivoting from 2014 to 2016. Anderson spoke with Candy and CNN political commentator Van Jones.
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November 5th, 2014
10:55 PM ET

The new Congress will make history

When the new Congress gets to work in January, there will be at least 100 women serving between the House and Senate. That is just one of the "firsts" decided in the midterm election. Dana Bash breaks down the history in the making.

For the first time in more than a century, a Republican will represent Montana in the Senate. Senator-elect Steve Daines tells Anderson that voters sent a message that they want leaders to get something done in Washington.
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Filed under: Congress • Dana Bash • Midterm Election 2014
November 4th, 2014
12:04 AM ET

Some Congressional candidates are hoping to bring serious baggage to Capitol Hill

What do a felon, an adulterer, an alleged fraudster and a man accused of sexual harassment have in common?

All four are running for U.S. Congress, and despite controversies, all of these candidates have chances of winning on Election Day.

These candidates include a House candidate from California who has been accused of sexual harassment, a New York congressman who has been federally indicted on tax fraud, an ex-governor turned ex-con from Louisiana as well as a Louisiana representative who came to be known as the “kissing congressman.”

After serving almost nine years in prison after an extortion conviction, Edwin Edwards is running to represent Louisiana’s 6th District.

Edwards was first elected to Congress 50 years ago and went on to win four terms as a Democratic governor by using campaign slogans such as, “Vote for the crook. It’s important.”

In the current cycle, Edwards faces a tougher race as a Democrat in the district Mitt Romney won 2-1 in the 2012 presidential race.

Also running for Congress in Louisiana is Rep. Vance McAllister, the Republican congressman caught by a security camera kissing his scheduler earlier this year.

McAllister dropped his reelection bid, but returned to the race with the support of his wife, Kelly McAllister, who appeared with him in a campaign ad saying, “I'm blessed to have a husband who owns up to his mistakes.”

Republican candidate Carl DeMaio of San Diego has faced allegations of sexual harassment during his congressional campaign.

Former campaign staffer Todd Bosnich told CNN DeMaio repeatedly touched him inappropriately.

“He reached over into my lap and grabbed my crotch, and I flipped out,” Bosnich said, describing one incident.

Another time, Bosnich said DeMaio called him into his office as he was masturbating.

DeMaio denies the allegations and says his accuser broke into his campaign office after he was fired earlier this year, though no charges were filed.

Despite the negative headlines, DeMaio’s campaign is still neck and neck.

Polls show Rep. Michael Grimm (R-New York) has a slight lead over his opponent, even though Grimm will fight charges next month that include perjury, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.

Grimm gained publicity in January when he threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony after the reporter asked about alleged financial wrongdoing in his campaign.

Grimm told the reporter, “I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”

Notwithstanding this incident, former New York Mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani endorsed Grimm for Congress.

David Wasserman, the U.S. House editor for The Cook Political Report, describes 2014 as a great year for “bad boys” in Congress, saying few election cycles involve this many congressional candidates with legal or personal troubles who also have strong chances of winning.

“As long as you're wearing the right colored jersey in your district, it doesn't matter if you're wearing a jumpsuit in a couple of months, you still have a shot at winning your seat in Congress,” Wasserman told CNN.

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Filed under: Chris Frates • Midterm Election 2014
November 3rd, 2014
11:37 PM ET

Can spoiler candidates tip the balance of power?

They are the little known candidates who might have a big impact on some of the key midterm races. Jim Sciutto reports on the spoilers who have the potential to tip the balance of power in Washington.

AC360's political panel broke down what could be the biggest surprises at the polls during the midterms.


Filed under: Jim Sciutto • Midterm Election 2014
November 3rd, 2014
11:17 PM ET

President Obama's midterm X-Factor

President Obama's popularity has taken a dive and Republicans across the country are trying to take advantage of that in the midterms. There are plenty of Democratic candidates who are going out of their way to distance themselves from the President. That doesn't mean he is spending this election entirely on the sidelines. Dana Bash has the latest.

Do candidates who put too much distance between themselves and President Obama risk losing the African-American vote? Joe Johns reports.

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