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Countdown to mid-term elections: Update on hot contests and polling




Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks while campaigning for Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Galt House Hotel on February 25, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. Grimes is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the 2014 midterm elections.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks while campaigning for Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Galt House Hotel on February 25, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. Grimes is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the 2014 midterm elections.
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The sour mood of voters in the final stretch of the 2014 campaign could boost Republican turnout and upend the U.S. Senate. Today's CNN/ORC poll results suggest seven in 10 Americans are angry over the direction the country is headed. Thirty percent of respondents say they are "very angry" over it - a number that matches 2010 when the GOP took control of the House.

However, specific data on hotly contested senate races give hope to Democrats. In Georgia and Louisiana, the Democrat hopeful hold leads, albeit slim ones. Voter turnout becomes a key question. ABC News reports: "The share saying they’re certain to vote (or already voted), 65 percent, likewise is down, from 71 percent in 2010 and 76 percent in 2006."

Which contests are on your radar? What would an entirely Republican-controlled Congress mean for President Obama?

You can visit the KPCC 2014 Election Voter Guide to get your free, personalized ballot cheat sheet.

Guest:

Carolyn Lochhead, Washington Correspondent, San Francisco Chronicle

Chris Moody, Senior Digital Correspondent for CNN’s Politics Team (a new position for Chris, formerly the politics reporter for Yahoo! News)