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  • Arizona: Obama's curse?

    Arizona: Obama's curse?

    When Obama plucked Janet Napolitano out of the governor's seat to run Homeland Security, he surrendered Arizona to the ultra-conservatives.

  • California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams

    California: Dope, eBay, pollution and moonbeams

    California flashes back to the 1970s with campaigns to legalize marijuana and re-elect Jerry Brown as governor, while other key races are also sizzling hot.

  • Colorado: The West's true swing state

    Colorado: The West's true swing state

    Colorado voters are almost evenly split between Republicans, Democrats and the nonaffiliated, including the Tea Party -- and a Salazar looks vulnerable.

  • How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    How I ran for a U.S. Senate seat, and what I learned

    A first-hand account by a longtime Arizona investigative reporter, John Dougherty, about his surprising Senate campaign.

  • How outsiders shape the West

    How outsiders shape the West

    Oklahoma isn't part of the West, but its two Republican senators have an enormous influence on the region.

  • Idaho: How a Democrat wins in the Northern Rockies

    Pro-business, semi-green Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick has a good chance of keeping his seat, while Idaho's Republican Party fractures over a loyalty oath.

  • Lynch-mob politics

    Lynch-mob politics

    It's not the Old West -- it's our guide to this year's Western elections.

  • Montana: Utility regs and clean energy up for grabs

    A Montana populist, Ken Toole, tries to keep his seat on the Public Service Commission, while other key races involve wealthy hunters and the state Supreme Court.

  • Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry

    Nevada: A hairy ride for Harry

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tries gun-play in his battle with Sharron Angle, and former poli-sci prof Dina Titus tries to keep her Nevada House seat out of Joe Heck's reach.

  • New Mexico: Wolves, wilderness, drilling and Latinos

    Ultra-conservative anti-wolf Steve Pearce wants his old House seat back from Democratic oilman Harry Teague, and the next governor of New Mexico will be a woman.

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