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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Miller (center) talks with supporters in Anchorage, Alaska. His defeat of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the state's primary is partly attributed to "tea party" support.

    Is Joe Miller surging? Or sinking?

    By David Eldridge | Published November 1, 2010 Comments

    Depending on who you talk to, Joe Miller's bid in the tri-furcated Alaska Senate race is in trouble or peaking at the right time. The New York Times just posted Democratsthe following story: "Democrats See Opening in Alaska's Scrambled Race." The article comes one day after Public Policy Polling released a new poll that shows the Republican/tea party candidate with a solid 7 point lead over Democrat Scott McAdams and write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who lost to Miller in the GOP primary.

  • Former President Bill Clinton appears at a rally in support of first-term Rep. Michael E. McMahon, New York Democrat, on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, on Staten Island in New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

    Clinton stumps for embattled Solomon Ortiz

    by David Eldridge | Published October 26, 2010 Comments

    Former President Bill Clinton flew into South Texas Monday afternoon for a rally with Corpus Christi Rep. Solomon Ortiz, who was expected to win re-election handily, something he's done regularly every two years since taking the seat in 1983.

Alex Sink (left) and Rick Scott, Florida gubernatorial candidates, meet for their first face-to-face debate at Univision's studios in Miami on Friday. Their answers to panelists' questions were translated into Spanish.

    Florida's Sink cheats during debate

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 26, 2010 Comments

    Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink has admitted she broke the rules of Monday's debate with Rick Scott by reading a text message during a commercial break. Sink, a Democrat, said Tuesday she has fired the campaign aide who showed her the message during a break in the Tampa debate that was shown on CNN. The message, which was delivered by Sink's make-up artist Brian May, read: "The attorney who [w]on the Sykes suit said alex sink did nothing wrong. Tell not to let him keep talking about her," CNN said.

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    O'Donnell receives support of former Delaware governor

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 25, 2010 Comments

    Former Delaware Gov. Pete Du Pont has endorsed fellow Republican Christine O’Donnell's Senate bid. The former governor noted that since the race winner will be seated immediately following the Nov. 2nd congressional elections — a condition of outgoing Democratic Sen. Ted Kaufman's appointment following Joe Biden's election as vice president — his or her votes are "all that more important to the citizens of our state."

  • Kirk, Giannoulias in virtual tie in Illinois Senate race

    Kirk, Giannoulias in virtual tie in Illinois Senate race

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 25, 2010 Comments

    Two polls released this past weekend showed that Republican Rep. Mark Steven Kirk continues to a hold slim lead over Democrat Alexi Giannoulias for Illinois' open Senate seat, though most political experts say the contest is still too close to call.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (left) debates the issues earlier this month with the other major Colorado gubernatorial candidates, Republican Dan Maes (center) and Democrat John Hickenlooper. Mr. Tancredo got the go-ahead Tuesday to run on the American Constitution Party ticket.

    Polls show third-party candidates surging

    by Valerie Richardson | Published October 22, 2010 Comments

    Two independent candidates for governor made significant gains this week on their Republican and Democratic rivals, according to newly released polls.

  • Sen. Michael Bennet (left), Colorado Democrat, listens to his Republican challenger, Ken Buck, during a debate on "Meet the Press." Mr. Buck insisted that he hasn't abandoned conservatives in favor of appealing to moderate voters. (NBC via Associated Press)

    Ken Buck's gay rights resume

    by Valerie Richardson | Published October 18, 2010 Comments

    Democrats were quick to blast Republican Ken Buck after he said he believed homosexuality was a choice in a Meet the Press debate Sunday, but those with longer memories may recall that Mr. Buck has been something of a pioneer on gay rights in Colorado.

  • Maryland Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley makes a point during a gubernatorial debate against former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

    O'Malley: Ehrlich's criticisms hurt Maryland

    by Joseph Weber | Published October 14, 2010 Comments

    The candidates for Maryland governor held their second debate Thursday, battling again on the economy and job creation but also drawing clear distinctions about their views on illegal immigration, gay marriage and even the Washington Redskins.

  • Kaine takes aim at Manchin 'rifle' ad

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 14, 2010 Comments

    The head of the Democratic Party said Thursday he's "not wild" about a TV campaign ad by Democratic Senate candidate Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia in which he fires a rifle at a key pending Democratic energy bill.

  • Scott holds slim lead in Fla. governor's race, poll shows

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 11, 2010 Comments

    Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott holds a tenuous 3-point lead lead over Democrat Alex Sink in a new poll, though the race remains one of the closest governor's races in the country.

  • Sink to launch lengthy attack ad in Fla. governor's race

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 11, 2010 Comments

    Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink this week will premiere an unusually long two-minute TV ad blasting her opponent Rick Scott for his role in one of the nation's largest medical scandals in history.

  • Wisconsin GOP hammers Feingold on bin Laden stance

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 8, 2010 Comments

    The Wisconsin Republican Party has accused Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of being soft on Osama bin Laden.

  • Angle leads Reid in Rasmussen poll

    by Valerie Richardson | Published October 7, 2010 Comments

    A Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday shows Sharron Angle four points ahead of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in their hotly contested Senate race.

  • Rubio rakes in record haul from donors

    by Sean Lengell | Published October 7, 2010 Comments

    The Florida Republican said he has raised more than $5 million during the quarter ending Sept. 30.

  • Rand airs negative ad on Conway

    by Joseph Weber | Published October 6, 2010 Comments

    Rand Paul, the Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky, told a national audience Sunday that his campaign has yet to attack Democratic challenger Jack Conway because he's so far behind in the race. But two days later, the campaign is up with its first negative TV ad against Mr. Conway.

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