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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Dave Brat, the candidate who ousted former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a primary upset, won his House race in Virginia.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) won the West Virginia Senate race, according to Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

West Virginia is now the first pick-up seat for Republicans in 2014. Capito is the first female senator ever to be elected in West Virginia.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) won a third term in the Senate Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press and multiple cable new networks.

President Obama said that the 2014 midterms present the worst map for Democrats in about 50 years.

"There's no doubt that, when you look at the Senate races, because of the fact only a third of the Senate is up at any given time, it tends to be a little bit arbitrary which seats are really going to be contested and which aren't," he said in an interview with Connecticut radio station WNPR. "So, for example, in this election cycle, this is probably the worst possible group of states for Democrats since Dwight Eisenhower."

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reiterated to reporters on Monday that if Republicans win the Senate, they will not spend all of their time and energy trying desperately to repeal Obamacare.

He said that the GOP "would certainly be voting on things like repealing the medical device tax, restoring the 40-hour work week, discontinuing the individual mandate," but that a full repeal is unlikely, according to Buzzfeed.

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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) on Monday said he regretted commenting on Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst's looks.

“I shouldn’t have said those things, I know that,” Harkin said in a statement, according to Buzzfeed. “I regret anytime someone feels offended by what I have said. But I am only human and I can make mistakes sometimes in how I say something. In fact, I have complimented her on running a very good campaign."

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The special prosecutor overseeing the charges against Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) claims that the governor has been intimidating the members of the grand jury that indicted him, according to Bloomberg News.

"The defendant’s own words have instilled a concern for all persons who participated in the grand jury investigation," special prosecutor Michael McCrum said in a Monday public filing.

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