midterm elections


Top Ten Stories Of 2014

The disappearance of a plane carrying hundreds, the fall of an iconic comedian, and the rise of a brutal terror group are just some of the biggest news stories of the year. Here are CBS Local’s top ten news stories of 2014.


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Bill Clinton Says He’s Surprised By Midterm Loses

Former President Bill Clinton says Democrats lacked a “national advertising campaign” in the recent midterm elections and was surprised that many Senate races were not closer.


Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigns for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) during the "Women with Mary Geaux Vote" event at the Sugar Mill on November 1, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Landrieu is faced off against two Republicans for the senate seat, Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Expert: It ‘Won’t Be Easy’ For Clinton To Distance Herself From Obama

Since her loss for the Democratic nomination in 2007, many have speculated whether or not former first lady Hillary Clinton will try again. Experts explained that if Clinton does take another shot at the White House, that it will be difficult for her to distance herself from President Barack Obama.


President Barack Obama speaks to students during a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Town Hall meeting on Nov. 14, 2014 in Yangon, Burma. (credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Congressional Black Caucus Chair: We Lost Because White Southerners Wouldn’t Vote Democratic Due To Obama’s Race

The chairwoman for the Congressional Black Caucus believes one of the reasons why Democrats got hammered at the polls during the midterm elections was due to President Barack Obama’s race.


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at his election night party. (credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

GOP’s Midterm Rout Shapes 2016 Presidential Race

The 2016 presidential race was about the new Republican-controlled Congress even before the polls closed Tuesday night.


File photo of a polling place. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Expert: ‘Now Very Few Democrats Could Think About Getting 40 Percent Of The White Vote’

White voters of all ages were less likely to back Democrats this year than in elections past, helping Republicans nationwide but most acutely in the South — and overpowering Democratic efforts to turn out their core supporters among blacks and Hispanics.


President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to the media during a news conference in the East Room a day after Democrats lost the US Senate Majority, November 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama: ‘The American People Sent A Message’

President Barack Obama responded to Republicans’ newfound majorities in both chambers of Congress by saying he “looks forward” to finding any and all overlaps between the agenda of GOP leaders and his administration – but stopped short of saying he will alter plans for immigration reform, health care or minimum wage.


McConnell Agrees To 'Bourbon Summit' Invitation From Obama  (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Presidential Historian: ‘I Think The Final Two Years Will Be A Period Of Expanded Executive Power’

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is poised to take over as majority leader of the next Senate after easily winning what was billed as a tough re-election race. Now his GOP will try to set the agenda in the final two years of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency.


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) election night event on Nov. 4, 2014 in Louisville, Ky. (credit: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Paul: Dems’ Midterm Struggles Represent ‘An Epic Failure Of The Clintons’

Even before the polls had closed on Election Day, Republicans had shifted their focus to 2016 and the party’s top target: Hillary Rodham Clinton.


House Speaker John Boehner. (File photo. credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Boehner: ‘Not A Time For Celebration’

House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are “humbled” by the results of the midterm elections. In a statement, he says it’s “not a time for celebration.”