It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the uncertainty and volatility surrounding the upcoming election. What if President Trump is convicted of any of the state or federal charges against him? What if he’s not? What if the war in the Middle East escalates? What if Putin makes a run on Poland? How will the Supreme Court rule on abortion medication? Will the government shut down early next year? And, can Speaker Mike Johnson make it longer in the job than his predecessor?

We don’t have the answers to these questions, of course, but we can help you navigate some of this uncertainty. To do that, our editors have each listed a couple of key things they think will be critical in understanding the outcome of the presidential, Senate and House contests next year. Consider it our New Year’s present to you!

Presidential

Is this election about the current incumbent or the former one?

Presidential elections ultimately come down to a simple question: do voters want status quo or change? And, when it comes to a race involving an

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