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November 4th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Obama’s help in North Carolina race too little, too late?

(CNN) – If Democrats in North Carolina can get African American voters to the polls in large numbers like they did in 2008, they stand a good chance of clinching what's been a neck-and-neck Senate race.

But they haven't been able to replicate that success since then, including presidential election year 2012.

CNN's Rene Marsh reports.

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November 4th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Could Brown pull off another Senate upset?

(CNN) – New Hampshire Republican candidate Scott Brown has played the role of dark horse before. Can he pull off another election night upset?

CNN's Michelle Kosinski reports.

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November 4th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Kansas race rocked by VP Biden's comments

(CNN) – Kansas Independent candidate Greg Orman refuses to say which party he would caucus with if elected to the Senate.

But Vice President Joe Biden seemed to suggest he knows the answer.

"I think ya know we have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas," Biden said in a radio interview earlier today.

Did the vice president just blow up Orman's spot?

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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November 4th, 2014
04:55 PM ET

Iowa Senate race in one word? Anxious

(CNN) – Iowa's Senate race may be the first in history to be associated with castrating hogs and with pop star Taylor Swift.

But don't get distracted by the buzzwords, what happens in Iowa tonight will be pivotal. The stakes are very high.

CNN talked to both campaigns today, and the word used over and over again was "anxious."

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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November 4th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

McConnell editing victory speech

(CNN) – In Kentucky, many predict Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell is not only poised to reclaim his Senate seat, but perhaps a promotion.

McConnell has prepared those two perfunctory speeches for tonight: victory and concession. But as CNN's Brianna Keilar reports, it wasn't the concession speech he was editing and finalizing today.

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