A Dozen Big Battles, Coast to Coast

Mid-term elections tend to be a variegated quilt of unique local races, with different patterns discernible to different observers.

Among the 33 Senate, 435 House and 36 Governors' races, some stand out because they offer a showdown on national issues, colorful personalities or hints of the national mood. Herewith a sampler of the more interesting races that contribute to the texture and flavor of the season:


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