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Senate control at play in fast-approaching midterm election




Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (2nd R) (R-KY) answers questions with Republican leaders following the weekly Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol September 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. McConnell answered questions about the midterm elections and the remaining legislative agenda for the Senate. Also pictured (L-R) are Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (2nd R) (R-KY) answers questions with Republican leaders following the weekly Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol September 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. McConnell answered questions about the midterm elections and the remaining legislative agenda for the Senate. Also pictured (L-R) are Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).
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Campaign ads are spamming inboxes and congesting the airwaves as the midterm elections are just over a month away - on Tuesday, November 4. In the fight for U.S. Senate seats, as the Los Angeles Times reports, "To a great extent, Democrats are simply fighting for the least bad result, which would be clinging to the Senate by the narrowest of margins." Coming to Democrats' aid in no short supply are campaign funds. In the most contested Senate races, Democrats have spent $80-million compared to GOP spending of $73-million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

How is President Obama's approval rating affecting the races? What is motivating voters of all stripes to get to the ballot box?

Guest:

Mark Barabak, Political Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, @markzbarabak