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David Plouffe, former President Barack Obama’s campaign manager and White House Senior Advisor, takes a deep dive into key states in the crucial midterm elections - and what it will take to win them. Plouffe’s guests are key operatives, local political reporters and independent pollsters, who don’t just have opinions about what is happening–they know what is happening, because they are the ones in the arena.

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David Plouffe, former President Barack Obama’s campaign manager and White House Senior Advisor, takes a deep dive into key states in the crucial midterm elections - and what it will take to win them. Plouffe’s guests are key operatives, local political reporters and independent pollsters, who don’t just have opinions about what is happening–they know what is happening, because they are the ones in the arena.

    Introducing About A Boy: The Story of Vladimir Putin

    Introducing About A Boy: The Story of Vladimir Putin

    In the West, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is always seen as one of two things: KGB spy or judo master. But to anyone who’s ever lived in the Soviet Union, Putin is something else entirely: a street kid. Join journalist Julia Ioffe as she explores how Putin’s childhood taught him lessons that shape his thinking and actions to this day.

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    • 3 min
    The Vote

    The Vote

    David unpacks the 2022 midterm election cycle and discusses what it means for the parties, the 2024 presidential election and democracy as a whole.

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    • 28 min
    Ohio

    Ohio

    David is joined by Anna Staver of the USA Today Network's Ohio Bureau to talk about the key races and what the voting results that come in early evening on election night will tell us about how the night is going to go

     Then, Dave Chase, campaign manager for Tim Ryan for Ohio, on why Ohio voters are aligned with his candidate's views - and the importance of getting as many Republican and Independent voters to cross-over, even in areas Ryan might not win.

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    • 55 min
    Texas

    Texas

     Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune discusses what it would take to turn Texas blue, and why the demographics of the state suggest the Dobbs decision may not be as much of a driving factor for Democratic votes as it is in other states.

    Then Nick Rathod, campaign manager for Beto O’Rourke, discusses the state of the Governor’s race, what they are seeing on the ground and how they are tackling the need for big Democratic turnout.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    North Carolina

    North Carolina

    David is joined by Will Doran who covers North Carolina politics for the News & Observer. Will provides a look at some important races including the crucial State Supreme Court races, which could have ramifications for years to come

    Then, Travis Brimm, campaign manager for Cheri Beasley discusses the challenges of getting to 50% and the importance of voter turnout in an important Senate race that hasn’t caught the national attention but could be pivotal.

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    • 56 min
    Wisconsin

    Wisconsin

    Wisconsin, as always, is a pivotal state.David is joined by Patrick Marley who writes about voting issues in the Upper Midwest for The Washington Post and looks not only at the governor’s and U.S. senate campaigns, but some of the other races and what the aftermath of this election could mean for 2024.

    Then, Sam Roecker, senior advisor and spokesperson for Governor Tony Evers discusses their campaign’s strategy to keep the governor’s office - and the particulars of an 1849 law that is preventing any abortions from being performed in the state.

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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

VirginAirFryer ,

Last episode WRAP UP

I really enjoyed the whole 2022 season but particularly liked the big picture perspectives that you gave in the last episode after the election. I love Plouff’s grounded takes and commentaries whenever I can get them. (MSNBC, etc). Just happened to find out that you were doing this podcast this time tho…and wish I could know when you’re at it again. THx!

Jlcod ,

Loved this series - 2022

Thanks for another great series in 2022

amyrchapman ,

Michigan episode

Thanks for focusing on Michigan - great guests! A few comments: 70% of those who voted in 2020, did so before the election (up from 29% in ‘18), due to both the first cycle of no-excuse absentee voting and, of course the pandemic. More than half of those who voted early, did so by October 15.

This cycle, the estimate is closer to 50% voting before Election Day.

Also, another race to watch - the State Supreme Court, which got a progressive majority in ‘20, and if not for that, we wouldn’t have had the reproductive freedom ballot measure allowed on the ballot (the state board of canvassers deadlocked and the court had to force them to act).

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