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Hosts report from North Dakota, Nevada and Arizona

NEW YORK – October 19, 2018 – With the midterms less than three weeks away, THE CIRCUS returns this Sunday, October 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT to explore the most critical races in the battle for Senate control. In an episode titled “Senatorial Combat,”  co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, and Mark McKinnon traverse three states — North Dakota, Nevada and Arizona — where Senate candidates face off in debates this week under immense pressure in the final days of their campaigns. The races feature a Democratic incumbent fighting for survival in a red state, a Republican facing a fierce challenge in a purple state, and the fight for a seat left open by a retiring Republican

Heilemann heads to the Great Plains to talk with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota). On one of the most difficult days of her campaign, Heitkamp apologizes for a campaign ad that made the names of survivors of sexual abuse public without their permission. In Nevada, Wagner catches up with Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada), who is vying to unseat incumbent Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada). Meanwhile, McKinnon spends the week in Arizona covering one of the most competitive Senate races in the nation between Rep. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona).

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THE CIRCUS features John Heilemann, co-author of the New York Times best-sellers Game Change and Double Down and National Affairs Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, noted campaign strategist Mark McKinnon, and Alex Wagner, an Emmy®-nominated television journalist, author, national correspondent for CBS News and contributing editor at The Atlantic. THE CIRCUS is produced by Left/Right for SHOWTIME. John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Ted Bourne and Tom Johnson serve as executive producers. To learn more about go to: and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join the conversation using #TheCircus.

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