Even in a time of meticulously scripted speeches, talking points and social media posts, candidates sometimes screw up.
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Some missteps are mere blips in the news cycle. But other gaffes stand out.
Democrats, who faced an uphill fight in the midterm elections due to an unfavorable Senate map, seemed to commit more major mistakes than Republicans this year.
Here are the top 10 gaffes of 2014 in chronological order.