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Downballot Counts is a podcast from Bloomberg Government about U.S. House and Senate elections and the fight for control of Congress. We explore how politics influence congressional races and pinpoint the most competitive races to watch. Downballot Counts also features interviews with lawmakers, journalists, and other campaign players. Hosts: Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad.

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Downballot Counts is a podcast from Bloomberg Government about U.S. House and Senate elections and the fight for control of Congress. We explore how politics influence congressional races and pinpoint the most competitive races to watch. Downballot Counts also features interviews with lawmakers, journalists, and other campaign players. Hosts: Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad.

    Downballot Democrats Need Biden to Rebound

    Downballot Democrats Need Biden to Rebound

    With the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, rising inflation, and the resurgence of Covid-19, 2021 was a difficult year for President Biden to say the least. This could seriously imperil Democrats' chances in next year's midterm elections if the President can't turn his fortunes around before November.

    On this episode of Downballot Counts, hosts Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad talk about why Democrats had a disappointing year and what next year could bring. They also talk with Kelly Burton, head of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, about the fight over redrawing the country's lines.

    • 29 min
    The Redistricting Trench Warfare Fights Have Begun

    The Redistricting Trench Warfare Fights Have Begun

    On this episode of Bloomberg Government's Downballot Counts, hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux talk with a Republican redistricting consultant about the decennial battle between the two parties over the shape of the country's congressional districts.

    • 21 min
    Senate Races Far From Settled With Many Crowded Primaries

    Senate Races Far From Settled With Many Crowded Primaries

    On today's episode of Bloomberg Government's podcast, Downballot Counts, hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux interview Jessica Taylor, a senior author of the 50th edition of the revered Almanac of American Politics. Taylor talks about being the first woman to hold this post and also analyzes the small number Senate races that could determine who controls Washington after next year.

    • 27 min
    Working Hard to Get Working Moms into Office

    Working Hard to Get Working Moms into Office

    In 2018, Liuba Grechen Shirley made waves when she successfully petitioned the Federal Election Commission to allow her to use campaign funds to pay for child care. The Long Island Democrat ultimately lost her race against then-Congressman Peter T. King, but now her full-time job is to make it easier for mothers to get elected across the country.
    Shirley founded the Vote Mama Foundation and she speaks with podcast hosts Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad about the many obstacles that prevent working mothers from running for public office. Greg and Kyle also go over the most recent campaign finance disclosures and find that anti-Trump Republicans seem to be raking in the dough.

    • 21 min
    A Centrist's Plan to Save the Democratic Party

    A Centrist's Plan to Save the Democratic Party

    Last year's elections didn't go quite as well as Democrats had hoped, and one group of centrists in the party just issued a report looking at why. On this episode of Downballot Counts, hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux speak with Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) about how he thinks his party should avoid losing its slim House majority next year. Also, Greg breaks down exactly what ranked-choice voting is and why it seems to be catching on.

    Have feedback on this episode of Downballot Counts? Give us a call and leave a voicemail at 703-341-3690.

    • 22 min
    Redistricting to Pit Incumbent Against Incumbent in the House

    Redistricting to Pit Incumbent Against Incumbent in the House

    On this episode of Downballot Counts, Kyle and Greg look at the political ramifications of redistricting and reapportionment, which will merge some congressional districts and force incumbents to battle each other to stay in power. Also, we hear from Tom Lopach, the CEO of the nonprofit nonpartisan Voter Participation Center, about recent legislation in the states to restrict voting access.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

LenaJones77 ,

So insightful

I listen every week!! Love this show so much

N8272628823 ,

Insightful and Concise

Greg G here has forgotten more about dispensing politics than you and I will ever know

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