Molly Ball

Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic.

The Last Southern Democrat

Mary Landrieu's imminent political demise raises questions about her party's future—both in the South and across the country.

The Long Shot

Despite his best efforts, Maryland’s Martin O’Malley might be the most ignored candidate of 2016.

Mitch McConnell, on the Brink

The Kentucky Republican is poised to take control of a new Senate majority Tuesday, but he remains remote and inscrutable.

Latino Voters' Wrenching Choice

Abandoned by Democrats and shunned by Republicans, many Hispanics don't see why they should vote this year. In Colorado, they could decide the election.

Not That Kind of Republican

Colorado's Cory Gardner may have found a way to turn a blue state red by co-opting Democrats' tactics—and their message.

What Will the GOP Senate Be Like?

Republicans promise that if they seize the majority, they'll stop Obama—and stop the Washington gridlock. Can they really do both?

Charlie Crist's Fan: A Love Story

His opponents have laughed at it for years, but at Wednesday's gubernatorial debate, the Florida pol's favorite accessory stole the show.

The Mystery Candidate Shaking Up Kansas Politics

Independent Greg Orman's pitch for bipartisanship has come out of nowhere to threaten Republican Pat Roberts's reelection—and the balance of power in the Senate. Is he for real?

Obama's Long Immigration Betrayal

To understand why activists are so angry at the president, you have to understand how close they've come—and how long they've waited.