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August 26, 2010 | Doyle McManus
Sixteen years ago, as the summer of 1994 came to a close, then-President Clinton could see that his party's congressional campaign was in trouble. "Hillary had called our old pollster Dick Morris for his assessment," Clinton recalled in his autobiography. "Dick took a survey for us and the results were discouraging. People didn't feel their lives were improving and they were sick of all the fighting in Washington. Apparently they thought divided government would force us to work together.
April 18, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday delayed a decision on the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, citing a Nebraska state court decision that invalidated part of the project's route. The latest hold-up in the unusually lengthy review of the $5.3-billion oil pipeline almost certainly will push any decision until after the November midterm election, getting President Obama off a political hook. The White House has been pressed on one side by environmentalists who have turned opposition to the pipeline into a touchstone issue and on the other by conservative Democrats from energy-producing states who say approving Keystone XL would show the administration's commitment to job creation.
July 7, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
It was an old-style landslide for the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which used to rule Mexico from top to bottom. The party's hopes for once again ruling Mexico soared Monday after official tallies confirmed a sweeping nationwide victory in midterm elections a day earlier.
March 31, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party's big weaknesses: voters who don't show up for midterm elections. The party's Senate campaign committee plans to spend $60 million to boost turnout. That's nine times what it spent in the last midterm election, in 2010. The Democratic National Committee has begun to make the sophisticated data analysis tools developed to target voters in the 2012 presidential campaign available to all the party's candidates.
April 20, 2010 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
With just over six months to campaign, Democrats face a substantial risk of losing the House and surrendering much of their advantage in the Senate, as Republicans capitalize on strong discontent with President Obama and continued voter concern over jobs and the economy. The trend marks an erosion for Democrats since the beginning of the year, after the retirement of several senior lawmakers and the polarizing healthcare debate. Even recent signs of an economic rebound — the first glimmers of job creation, the stock market surge, a big rise in consumer spending — may not help Democrats, unless it translates into a significant drop in the unemployment rate by fall.
September 10, 2006
Jonathan Chait compares Europe during World War I with the 2006 midterm elections (Current, Sept. 3). He's more familiar with Great War battlegrounds than Pennsylvania's senatorial history, though. Six years ago, Democrats tried to "win back working-class voters who may be attracted to the party's economic platform but abhor the Democratic cultural agenda" with an anti-choice candidate. But Sen. Rick Santorum won while pro-choice Democrats stayed home and liberal Republicans stayed with their party because they saw no difference between the candidates.
January 1, 2010 | By Mark Z. Barabak
After losing the White House and nearly 70 congressional seats in the last two elections, Republicans are poised for a strong comeback in 2010, with significant gains likely in the House and a good chance of boosting their numbers in the Senate and statehouses across the country. The results could hamper President Obama's legislative efforts as he prepares to seek reelection and reshape the political landscape for a decade beyond, as lawmakers redraw congressional and state political boundaries to reflect the next census.
November 7, 2010
Second-guessers miss their mark Re "How Obama lost his voice," Opinion, Nov. 3. All of the Monday-morning quarterbacks such as Marshall Ganz, who now decry President Obama for failures in leadership, overlook the horrendous obstacles he faced going in, plus various disasters such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and a minority in Congress resolved to see him fail. The initial problems were enough to topple anyone: a huge military complex committed to an unwinnable war; eight years of George W. Bush's coddling of failed lending institutions, including a last-minute bailout; tax concessions for the wealthy; and a healthcare system seriously underwater.
October 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Argentina's ruling party dominated midterm elections seen as a test of President Nestor Kirchner's 2-year-old government, with his Peronist party picking up support in Congress and his wife, Cristina, winning a Senate seat. In one race, conservative soccer entrepreneur Mauricio Macri won a House seat in Buenos Aires, setting him up as a possible opposition leader to take on the center-left Kirchner.
July 22, 1987 | From Times Wires Services
The socialist New Democratic Party, taking advantage of a dramatic shift in Canadian political preferences, won three seats in Monday's midterm parliamentary elections, complete results showed Tuesday. NDP candidates were elected in St. John's East in Newfoundland, Hamilton Mountain in southern Ontario and the Yukon Territory. NDP candidate Jack Harris easily won the St. John's East seat, which had gone to the Progressive Conservatives for nearly 20 years.
March 20, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
For Republicans roaring into the midterm election, the last few weeks have brought a wave of good news. President Obama's poll numbers continue to hover in the 40s. Democrats' hopes of holding the Senate look slimmer by the day. And the GOP heralded last week's win in Florida's special congressional election as evidence that their anti-Obamacare strategy is working. But some Republican strategists and donors fear that buoyant mood spells trouble for the party down the road - by masking the long-term problems that were so evident after the 2012 election.
January 26, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Beleaguered and outnumbered, California Republicans think they may have found a crucial ally - drought. Up and down the state's increasingly dry Central Valley, Republicans have pounded away at the argument that Democratic policies - particularly environmental rules - are to blame for the parched fields and dwindling reservoirs that threaten to bankrupt farms and wipe out jobs. In his latest campaign video, Republican Doug Ose stands in the middle of dried-out Folsom Lake.
January 19, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
The stock market has hit sky-scraping highs, the unemployment rate has dipped to a five-year low and any number of economic statistics - new car sales, home prices, consumer spending - point to a perked-up economy that is steadily growing. But one thing that has changed little is President Obama's job approval rating, which tumbled over the last year to the anemic 40% range and remains stuck near the low point of his administration. The chasm is striking, and a worrisome thing for Democrats already facing a tough election year.
January 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers took to the airwaves Sunday to argue about extending long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans who were cut off last month, a politically sensitive issue in an election year. Democrats urged their Republican counterparts to join in granting emergency unemployment benefits. Republicans countered that they want to explore other options, including new job training initiatives. Both sides intend to highlight the dispute during this year's midterm election campaigns.
January 1, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
After a highly contentious, hugely unproductive session, members of the most unpopular Congress in history will face voters this year and, very likely, win reelection in overwhelming numbers. It is a paradox of these discontented times. Participants in a Cincinnati focus group led by Democratic pollster Peter Hart expressed their feelings toward lawmakers by drawing tombstones and broken hearts. Public opinion surveys show contempt for Congress reaching unprecedented levels. But as much as they dislike their own representatives, Democrats and Republicans hold members of the opposite party in even lower regard.
December 14, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun control have an iron grip on Washington. Political groups seeking to counter the influence of the National Rifle Assn. and others in the gun lobby hope to score some victories in next year's midterm election. But they are setting modest goals.
November 17, 1990
In an attempt to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse, Republican pundits are struggling to suggest that the 1990 midterm elections represent a "victory" for the President and his party because they lost fewer seats in the House of Representatives than is historically the norm. Unfortunately, these apologists are apparently more interested in rescuing a drowning presidency than in providing instructive historical comparisons. Presidents normally do lose House seats in a midterm election.
April 14, 2010 | By Mark Silva
The state of the economy likely will outweigh any other issue on the minds of voters in midterm congressional elections, which offer Republicans a significant opportunity to add to their numbers in Congress, a new bipartisan poll shows. The Battleground Poll, released Wednesday, shows a virtual tie between the Republican and Democratic parties when voters were asked which party's candidates they would favor in November.
November 22, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has moved to accommodate consumers who are frustrated by the troubled website, giving Americans an extra eight days in December to sign up for health coverage for 2014 under the president's health law. Consumers were originally required to select a health plan by Dec. 15 to be covered Jan. 1. Americans now have until Dec. 23 to select a plan that will start coverage at the beginning of the year,...
November 15, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - President Obama's botched rollout of his healthcare law has driven a wedge between the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill as more than three dozen House Democrats voted Friday to pass a Republican-backed change to the law that the administration warned would only make matters worse. Unhappy with Obama's inability to resolve the website enrollment problems and increasingly worried about the 2014 election, a small but steady number of Democratic lawmakers are distancing themselves from a president they once enthusiastically supported on the healthcare issue.
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