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May 13, 2021

Elex Michaelson, Fox 11 News co-anchor, is joined by journalist Todd Purdum, strategists Rachel Bitcoffer and Mark Mellman, and Shaniqua McClendon, political director at Crooked Media, to discuss whether Democrats will lose seats and legislative control in the midterms and which candidates are shaping the race for the presidency in 2024.

Elex Michaelson - Co-Anchor, Fox 11 News and Host, "The Issue Is: With Elex Michaelson"

Rachel Bitecofer - Elections Analyst and Strategist; Editor, The Cycle; Founder, Strike PAC

Shaniqua McClendon - Political Director, Crooked Media; Spring '21 Fellow, Center for the Political Future

Mark Mellman - CEO, Mellman Group; Former President of the American Association of Political Consultants

Todd Purdum - Former New York Times Reporter and Staff Writer at The Atlantic; Spring '21 Fellow, Center for the Political Future