Ground Game

A conversation with AP reporters in the field about the top issues coming up in American politics ahead of this year's midterm elections. Hosted by Magan Crane.


On thin ice: Minnesota is one place Dems could lose ground in November

Long a Democratic stronghold, Minnesota has four congressional seats that are looking like toss-ups in November as the issues dividing voters around the country come into sharp focus. Also: hockey.
00:31:37 9/19/2018

Past Episodes

With less than two months to go before the November midterm elections, we talk about what trends are emerging and what surprises to look out for.
00:39:26 9/12/2018
What do primary upsets like the one in Massachusetts mean for the future of the Democratic party? Are they a function of a younger, more diverse electorate? Or a long-term push to the left?
00:28:53 9/5/2018
From tallying votes to declaring winners to polling voters, The Associated Press has played a crucial role in every major American election for more than 150 years. Here's how and why we do it.
00:43:25 8/29/2018
Every 10 years, congressional district lines are redrawn by politicians hoping to strengthen their party. How statehouse elections impact Washington and national politics.
00:35:37 8/22/2018
Presidents tend to stay out of primary politics in midterm elections, backing nominees only after voters have had their say. But Donald Trump has put his finger on the scale in Florida's gubernatorial race by tweeting his endorsement of Rep. Ron DeSantis, who has closely aligned himself with Trump.
00:22:41 8/15/2018
With Republican candidates moving to the right in Arizona, can a former Green Party activist win over centrists?
00:34:06 8/8/2018
Allegations of sexual misconduct have cost a lot of powerful people their jobs in the age of #MeToo, but in state politics, many candidates are following the example of President Trump and weathering the storm.
00:26:00 8/1/2018
President Trump has launched tariffs he believes will lead to better trade deals for U.S. manufacturers in the future, but retaliatory tariffs are hurting farmers now. How will Republicans in trade-dependent states like Tennessee stay true to their free-trade philosophy while backing the popular president?
00:29:41 7/25/2018
Georgia's Stacey Abrams faces an uphill battle to become the first black woman elected governor in the United States. But her star power has drawn national attention and motivated some of her party's most loyal voters: fellow black women.
00:30:50 7/18/2018
Candidates with complicated relationships with President Donald Trump face uphill battles in places where the president is popular, like reliably Republican North Dakota. The president's chance to nominate another Supreme Court justice just adds pressure from both sides.
00:28:17 7/11/2018
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement put the national spotlight onto abortion and state restrictions that could be upheld by a more conservative court. We look at one such law in Iowa and the possible impact of the court vacancy on the midterm elections.
00:23:46 7/4/2018
In Texas, can outrage over the Trump administration's policy that led to children being separated from their parents at the border let Democrats flip a coveted Senate seat from Republican control? Rep. Beto O'Rourke is grabbing headlines on the issue, but on the ground, the state's deeply conservative politics seem to favor incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.
00:32:30 6/28/2018
Mitt Romney faces a primary June 26 in his bid to replace Orrin Hatch as Utah's next U.S. senator. AP reporters Steve Peoples and Lindsay Whitehurst discuss his evolution from fierce critic of candidate Trump to a supporter of the president. How does his change of tune play in Utah?
00:39:15 6/21/2018
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00:01:20 6/14/2018

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