Regular readers of Daily Kos and Daily Kos Elections know that, during the 2014 campaign cycle, we instituted a lot of new election-based features. One of them was the incorporation of monthly "power rankings" for the U.S. Senate and the gubernatorial battles.
These power rankings were not, as was often seen elsewhere, a rank-order list of races most likely to flip parties (those, quite frankly, seemed obvious from very early in the cycle). Nor were they a subjective list of favored races among our staff for this reason or another. Rather, it was an attempt to use one subjective measurement (our own Daily Kos Elections race ratings) and two objective criteria (number of times said race was polled, as well as the number of times it appeared in our Daily Digests), to create a top ten list of the races that dominated America's political conversation.
To close the year, we will look back at a "power ranking" of a different sort. We will look at the ten races that were most dominant in the conversation right here at Daily Kos. The metric here was very simple: a search of the tags employed on any piece, front-paged or otherwise, here at Daily Kos and Daily Kos Elections between January 1 and December 28 (hey—I had to pick a consistent time to close the books).
In a sign of how engaged this community was about the 2014 midterms, a race had to be mentioned in 171 separate diaries/essays to even crack the top ten. Which race was the most "talked about" U.S. Senate race on Daily Kos? Did your state's Senate race make the cut? Head past the jump to find out.