Midterm Elections: The Politics of Disappointment

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September 11, a shaky economy, possible war with Iraq, failing schools, a collapsing health system and corporate corruption offer plenty of rhetoric for this midterm election, but politicos on the Left and the Right agree there-s not much interest. While that means several races could be decided by very few votes, it appears that partisan lineups in Washington will probably stay much the same. Have Democrats and Republicans moved so much to the center that their differences no longer matter? Are voters likely to stay home, thinking that there-s not much of a choice? We weigh the reasons for such low voter turnout and its implications for a continuation of divided government with political scientists, pollsters and pundits, including commentator and columnist David Brooks.
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Governor Ventura's statement

Interim Senator Dean Barkley

Senator Paul Wellstone

Coleman Senate campaign

Mondale Senate campaign

Florida Election

Center for Democracy

Bush Gubernatorial campaign

McBride Gubernatorial campaign



Warren Olney