The Democrats' chosen challenger had to make sure each point counted and each hit landed.
The success of their high-stakes bid is all the more significant considering the tenor of the current moment.
Some 30,000 striking teachers braved a downpour to tell school district officials about what needs to change before they'll return to class.
Podcast creator R.J. Cutler tells Truthdig he's flooded with material to work with in making satirical fun of what goes down inside the Trump White House every week.
Alongside Kathy Griffin, Chris Christie, Carter Page and more, the erstwhile NBA star holds forth on all things Donald Trump.