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politics lead

November 4th, 2014
04:30 PM ET

Who has the edge in key Senate races?

(CNN) – Don't be surprised if a few Senate races become election night cliffhangers.

With polls showing a dead heat in states like Iowa and North Carolina, voters could wake up tomorrow morning, and still not know the outcomes.

CNN's John King breaks down the races with razor thin margins.

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November 3rd, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Midterm elections: The race to 51 seats

(CNN) – The outcome of the midterm elections could change the balance of power in Washington. And the polls are getting even tighter in states Republicans must have to swing the senate in their favor.

Even this late in the game, neither party is celebrating yet.

CNN's John King reports.

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October 7th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Tough road for Democrats to keep the Senate

(CNN) – The 2014 midterms are less than one month away, and the negative TV ads are starting to loop and draw blood.

An analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project of Senate ads finds 55% of all those ads watched on TV are aiming below the belt.

Including six new ads from Democrats rolled out over the last week.

Democrats have been more eager than republicans to open up the opposition research file and use the airwaves to attack their opponents, according to the Wesleyan study.

But the map and the math nonetheless suggest President Obama's party still might need a miracle to avoid losing control of the Senate.

CNN's John King breaks it down in the video above.

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politics lead

September 29th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

CNN Poll: Is the U.S. hawkish or dovish?

With the United States now launching airstrikes in Syria - the seventh country bombed under the Obama administration-debate over foreign policy has once again ballooned, pitting the interventionist hawks against non-interventionist doves.

A new CNN/ORC International survey indicates that half of Americans consider themselves doves on foreign policy, while slightly less describe themselves as hawks. The poll also shows that two-thirds of Americans describe President Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, as a dove, while 29% consider him a hawk.


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national lead

November 22nd, 2013
04:18 PM ET

50 years on, nation pauses to remember John F. Kennedy's death

Dallas (CNN) - Five decades after it served as the backdrop for a nation's grief and disbelief, Dallas' Dealey Plaza took center stage once again Friday as Americans commemorated the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

"A new era dawned and another waned a half century ago when hope and hatred collided right here in Dallas," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in his remarks commemorating Kennedy's death.
Rawlings then read the final words of the speech Kennedy was to deliver that day. That was followed by a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m., the time Kennedy was shot a few feet from where Rawlings spoke.