Trump’s Nightmare Scenario?

A midterm postmortem.

The Red Wave That Never Was

What to make of Republicans’ failure to notch sweeping gains Tuesday night.

Primary Meddling Pays Off for Democrats

Boosting Trump-aligned candidates ended up working to Democrats’ advantage.

Kevin McCarthy’s Bad Night

His path to the speakership became much more complicated once election results started appearing.

A Midterm Premortem

Tomorrow’s takes today.

The Sweep: It’s Election Day!

Why you should ignore the early vote, and why bad polls might be good for democracy.

Will Colorado Choose a ‘Republican Joe Manchin’?

Senate candidate Joe O’Dea walks a fine line between touting his independence and alienating Colorado’s GOP base.

Democracy Was on the Ballot

Too late?

Fact Check: Did Tim Michels Say It’s ‘Not Unreasonable’ to Force Rape Victims to Give Birth?

Wisconsin’s GOP gubernatorial nominee said that in 2004.

‘Do Your Job or You Will Hang’

Election officials grapple with continuing distrust and threats ahead of Tuesday’s midterms.

Our Best Stuff From the Closing Days of the Midterm Campaign

Where the polls stand, how election laws have changed, and more.

Autocrats and Democrats

The cynical response to Biden’s speech on democracy.

How Soon Will We Know Who Won the Senate?

If things look close, don’t stay up Tuesday night: A Dispatch Explainer.

Experiments in Democracy

Most states have tweaked their election laws in the last two years. But assessing how those changes will affect this year’s midterms is hard to do.

It Might Get Loud

The post-election chaos to come.

The Sweep: When Both Sides See the Other as a ‘Threat to Democracy’

Plus: Which candidates are benefitting from gubernatorial coattails?