We know you care about the issues at stake this November. We know you still believe in the possibility of change even if that change hasn’t come from Capitol Hill. But we also know that there’s so much information out there about the Midterm Elections that it’s hard to weed out the BS.
Fusion’s Alicia Menendez spoke with ABC News’ Political Director, Rick Klein to find out the bottom line for the key races, what the results could mean for each party, and how it all affects you.
The Race to Six:
This election is all about the Senate. Republicans need to win six seats in order to lock in the Senate Majority. The reality is that Republicans effectively start the night halfway home. Montana, West Virginia and South Dakota are all projected to go red in November.
But the GOP needs to lock in three more seats in order to gain that coveted Majority. Here are some races to keep an eye on in this battle royal for control of the Senate.
The Biggest Race: Kentucky
Republican leader Mitch McConnell faces off against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Bottom Line: Incumbent Mitch McConnell could be the next Senate Majority Leader.
OR he could be out of a job.
The Biggest State: Colorado
Colorado is the Indy 500 of this year’s election cycle. There are more key races to watch in this state than any other, including tight House and Gubernatorial races and a proposed “personhood” amendment on the ballot. But since all eyes are on the Senate this election season, we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t key you in on the interesting race between Democrat incumbent Mark Udall and energized Republican Cory Gardner.
Bottom line: Democrats may lose the Governorship and the Senate seat despite Colorado evolving into a blue state.
Looks like rumored Presidential powerhouse, Hillary Clinton isn’t going to want to take the Oval Office with a Republican House AND Senate, so she’s allegedly helping Democratic Senate candidate Mark Udall on the campaign trail.
Party Politics: Iowa
Barack Obama was effectively born in Iowa when he locked in the Democratic nomination in a heated primary battle with then Senator Hillary Clinton. But could the state that embraced the “Yes We Can” motto and message of hope six years ago go RED?
Bottom Line: President Obama’s legacy could take a hit in the very state that delivered him the Democratic Nomination in 2008.
The Wild Card: Kansas
What’s the matter with Kansas? The Democrats dropped out of the race in order to make room for Independent Greg Orman, who they believed had a shot at knocking out Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. Orman—who has identified as both a Democrat and a Republican—has said that he will align with whichever party has the Majority.
Bottom Line: Depending on final party affiliation, Independent Greg Orman could single-handedly determine which party will have Senate Majority.
2016 Implications: Wisconsin
We’ve been walking you through some key Senate races for the upcoming election, but we’d be remised if we didn’t highlight the Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race between Republican Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke. Why should you care about a race in Wisconsin? Well because that race in Wisconsin could be the biggest indicator of the 2016 presidential election.
Bottom line: Incumbent Governor Scott Walker could lose the Governorship AND Republicans could lose a strong 2016 presidential hopeful.
Tune in to “AM Tonight” every Tuesday at 9 pm ET for the best bottom line coverage of the 2014 Midterm Election.
Credit: Victoria Moreno and Stephanie Parra