First Person is a series of quick videos from the Cook Political Report editors exclusively for our site license members.

With just over three weeks until Election Day, the midterm environment continues to remain unusually volatile. Charlie Cook breaks down the issues that keep both parties competitive and examines whether Democrats can overcome the midterm "fundamentals" that typically doom the party in power. This is an excerpt from our October subscriber briefing. Next week the full briefing will be available on-demand.

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