The White House isn’t the only thing on the ballot. Also at stake: control of the United States Senate, from Georgia to Maine. We discuss close Senate races and the impact they’ll have on national governance.
From The Reading List
Des Moines Register: “Joni Ernst has embraced President Donald Trump. Will that hurt her or help her as she runs for a second term?” — “It was the second stop on U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s two-day motorcycle ride across the state, but a bevy of fluttering ‘Trump Pence 2020’ flags threatened to overpower the scene.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “The Jolt: Votes are churning in Georgia’s Republican counties, too” — “Our state is closing in on two major thresholds.”
Des Moines Register: “Iowa Poll: Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead of Democrat Theresa Greenfield in closing days of U.S. Senate race” — “Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democrat Theresa Greenfield in the closing stretch of a contentious U.S. Senate race, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.”
South Carolina Public Radio: “SC Lede: Trail Bites — Back On The Campaign Trail” — “The latest on the US Senate race between incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, the 1st and 2nd congressional district races, and more.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Loeffler and Greene rally conservatives; Ossoff takes to virtual trail” — “U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is hoping the endorsement of a controversial congressional candidate pays dividends for her campaign in the closing days of the race.”
New York Magazine: “Where the Trump Revolution Started and Ended” — “In 2016, Iowa was the model for how Donald Trump won the presidency. In a state jam-packed with white working-class voters whom he won by double digits, and with a state Republican Party united firmly behind him, Trump took Iowa by nearly ten points just four years after Barack Obama’s victory there.”
CNN: “These Senate and House races have become more competitive for Democrats in final sprint to Election Day” — “Joe Biden’s lead in national and state polls has Democrats well-positioned to have a good night up and down the ballot next week.”
New York Times: “After bitter debate in Georgia, Senator David Perdue cancels third face off with Jon Ossoff.” — “Senator David Perdue of Georgia withdrew on Thursday from the final debate in his tight re-election race, a day after his Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, called him a ‘crook’ and accused the vulnerable Republican of trying to profit from the coronavirus pandemic.”
This article was originally published on WBUR.org.