Downballot Counts


Downballot Counts is a podcast from Bloomberg Government about the 2020 U.S. House and Senate elections, and the fight for control of Congress. Hosted by Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad, Downballot Counts will explore how the high-profile presidential election will influence the congressional races. Could the Democrats win control of the Senate or might the Republicans reclaim the House? Each week Giroux, Trygstad and their guests discuss the latest developments in the most competitive Senate and House races.

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Mailbag Questions: Georgia Voting Mess, GOP Women, and More

Hosts Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux take questions on the Georgia primaries, whether we’ll have more or fewer Republican woman holding office this time next year, and the campaign impact of “Defund The Police” in Downballot Counts’ inaugural mailbag episode.

Ultra-High Stakes of Statehouse Races

This is the first time in 20 years that a presidential election will be held in the same year as the decennial census, which means that whichever party wins in statehouses this November will have a huge advantage in redrawing legislative districts. Jessica Post, president of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, talks with hosts Greg Giroux and Kyle Trygstad about her efforts to win state legislative races and set the party up well for the next round of redistricting.

Sustained Surge in Female Candidates

A record number of women ran for the House in 2018, but that record has already been broken just two years later. Kelly Dittmar of the Center for American Women and Politics has been tracking the data and explains why Democrats are still fielding far more female candidates than Republicans. 

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