The 2014 elections probably wonâ€™t have any effect on the 2016 presidential contest, but they will have an effect on that year's congressional races. The Republicans will have more incumbents in the House, making their majority highly likely to survive even a good Democratic year. And in the Senate, while the map will strongly favor Democrats, Republicans will have some capacity for absorbing losses.
Thom Tillis won the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history; the campaigns and outside groups spent more than $100 million on the contest. More than 100,000 political ads ran in North Carolina this election cycle, the most of any Senate race. And the state is relatively evenly split among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.
â€œHackâ€ was the insult that most often followed the â€œliberalâ€ group of words, according to the corpus. By a wide margin, â€œextremistâ€ most commonly came after â€œRepublican,â€ â€œright-wing,â€ or â€œconservative.â€ A few universal insults made it into the top 10 of each group â€” you know, standbys such as â€œidiot,â€ â€œwacko,â€ and â€œblowhard.â€