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Election 2006: The Bellwether Project

Monday marks the unveiling of the Bellwether Project, a joint effort by The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com.

The Bellwether Project frames the upcoming midterm elections around eight central questions, listing the House and Senate races that best illustrate those questions. This project is not an attempt to re-create the Friday Line, where the ten (or twenty) House, Senate and gubernatorial races most likely to switch parties are ranked.

The pieces in today's Post outline the eight questions and the races that exemplify them. Between now and the election we will do several pieces that deal with a single question in more depth. On the Web, we will provide regular updates on the specific Bellwether races.

The Bellwether Project is designed to be organic. If a race currently included in the project turns out to not be particularly competitive or symbolic of a larger issue, we reserve the right to remove it in order to add another one.

What this also means is that we welcome your suggestions on the questions and races we have chosen. Feel free to make them in the comments section below.

In addition, Post political editor John F. Harris and I will be online at 11 a.m. ET today to take your questions on the Bellwether Project or any other political topic you have in mind. If you can't make the chat, submit a question beforehand and we'll do our best to answer it.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 23, 2006; 10:39 PM ET
Categories:  House , Senate  
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