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The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters around the nation.  The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.
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Midterm Elections 2010

Kid Reporters around the nation are talking to the candidates and voters as America prepares to go to the polls in the 2010 mid-term election on November 2.

Mid-term elections often result in a change of power between the Republican and Democratic political parties.

Currently, Democrats hold slim majorities in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. With a Democrat in the White House, that party has been in control for two years. But mid-term elections often lead to a turnover of power in Congress, as voters use the ballot box to show their disapproval of those in power.

With the economy slow to recover and the emergence of a new conservative political movement, the Tea Party, Republicans are confident they will win enough seats around the country to take over Congress. Republicans will then be in charge of who is Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader. They will also appoint committee chairs.

Follow these important races through the eyes of the Kid Reporters from now until Election Day on the Scholastic Kids Press Corps Blog! Their reports will bring you the news from the campaign battlegrounds as candidates go straight to the voters with their messages.

Resources

Republicans' Big Night
Republicans' Big Night
by Miranda Rector
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | The polls and political analysis were correct. Republicans made big gains in the mid-term elections on November 2 in what some commentators are calling a "political earthquake."
It's Election Day!
It's Election Day!
by Miranda Rector
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | Grassroots Get Out the Vote campaigns can often make the difference in a close race, and both Democrats and Republicans are using it in California.
The Balance of Power
The Balance of Power
by Nick Berray
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | All mid-term elections are important. They determine the makeup of the Congress the President works with for the second half of his term. This one is important because the Republicans can re-take some power that they lost two years ago.
What is the Tea Party?
What is the Tea Party?
by Charlie Kadado
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | They call themselves the Tea Party, but rather than an official political party, the Tea Party is a political movement that is having a profound influence on the 2010 mid-term elections.
Door-to-Door Politics
Door-to-Door Politics
by Kenny Figueroa
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | Grassroots, or on-the-ground campaigning, is when volunteers for a candidate go door to door in specific neighborhoods handing out campaigning materials. They also identify supporters and likely voters to help with the Get Out the Vote Campaign.
Tracking America's Opinions
Tracking America's Opinions
by Leila Sachner
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | The atmosphere in the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut, is happy and welcoming. The institute produces survey questions to help understand how Americans are reacting to current events.
Too Close to Call
Too Close to Call
by Shelby Fallin
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | With shades of hanging chads, Florida's Governor race is neck-and-neck and could go to a recount.
A Candidate's Daughter
A Candidate's Daughter
by Shelby Fallin
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | Kid Reporter Shelby Fallin talks with 10-year-old Amanda Rubio, the oldest daughter of Florida Senator-elect Marco Rubio, who has four kids.
Rubio Wins U.S. Senate in Florida
Rubio Wins U.S. Senate in Florida
by Shelby Fallin
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | Tea Party supported Republican Marco Rubio was declared the winner of the U.S. Senate race in Florida shortly after the polls closed. Rubio dominated the three-way race for the open Senate seat in the Sunshine State.
Iowa's Race for the Governor
Iowa's Race for the Governor
by Alysa Goethe
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | As the weather gets colder in Iowa, the gubernatorial election is heating up. Current Governor Chet Culver is running against former Governor Terry Branstad, who was Governor from 1983-1999, and the economy is the big issue.
California‚??s Race for Governor
California‚??s Race for Governor
by Miranda Rector
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | A little old, a little new as former Gov takes on businesswoman.
Three-way Race in Florida
Three-way Race in Florida
by Shelby Fallin
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | Former President Bill Clinton delivered a half-time locker room pep talk to a crowd of more than 1,500 people at the University of Central Florida in Orlando this week as he endorsed Democrat Kendrick Meek in his run for the U.S. Senate.
A House Debate in Arizona
A House Debate in Arizona
by Maya Williams
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | At the debate for the House of Representatives race in Arizona's 5th District, the main topics discussed were economy, taxes, immigration, border security, healthcare, and education.
The Battle for the Texas State House
The Battle for the Texas State House
by Erin Sheena
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | Two strong women, two survivors, two campaigns, one Texas State Representative seat to fill.
U.S. Senate Race in California
U.S. Senate Race in California
by Mariam El Hasan
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | In California, one of the hottest races is between two women fighting for the U.S. Senate currently held by Democrat Barbara Boxer. Boxer won the seat in 1992. Challenging her is Republican and Tea Party backed candidate Carly Fiorna.
Buck vs. Bennet in Colorado Debate
Buck vs. Bennet in Colorado Debate
by Topanga McBride
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | The election between Ken Buck and Michael Bennett for a U.S. Senate seat is an important one, with influence beyond Colorado's borders. If Buck is elected, he could help Republicans take
Tennessee Governor's Race
Tennessee Governor's Race
by Emma Hall
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | After an eight-year run, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, will be replaced. The desire of the two major political parties to either claim or retain that seat has made it a hard fought race.
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