It’s Still Cold Out, But Politics Is Getting Hotter

President Barack Obama lifts baby Stell­a Munoz in the air during the White House Easter Egg Roll, on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, Monday, March 28, 2016. The first White House Easter Egg Roll was held in 1878 under President Rutherford B. Hayes.

After returning from the frozen tundra of Des Moines after the Iowa Caucus in early February, I was finally able to spend more than a week in Washington to do my laundry and get back in the swing of things on the hill.

Nowadays I’m on the road about half the time working on stories ranging from congressional redistricting to Senate and House races. It’s a blast being able to visit unique places and small towns where the locals call their elected officials by their first names.

Tim Engelskirchen, a vendor from Charlotte, N.C., promotes his merchandise before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Crown Center Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Of course, there’s no way to hide the fact that the presidential race is dominating the news left and right. I’ve been on and off the campaign trail in North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin as the race begins to narrow to five serious candidates.

Campaigns are becoming stronger, more organized, and the access is beginning to get tougher for the media, especially photographers.

Below are a few fun frames I’ve made in the past weeks. I’m excited for the weather to get nicer and to head back out on the trail. Enjoy! -Drago

From left: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., signals a staffer during a press conference, Storm Troopers at the White House, and Vice President Joe Biden speaks in support of the nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
Clockwise from top: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton goes in to hug Rep. G. K. Butterfield at a campaign stop in Durham, N.C. N.C. Governor Pat McCrory heads into the national spotlight after signing a dangerous House Bill, nicknamed the “Bathroom Bill.” Linben Cannady, a junior, rests on his tenor drum before entering to play before a Clinton rally. Rose Harper, a student from North High School in Downers Grove, Ill., right, stands in disbelief as she sees the Stanley Cup up close and personal in the office of Assistant Minority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Like what you read? Give Al Drago a round of applause.

From a quick cheer to a standing ovation, clap to show how much you enjoyed this story.