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With potential candidates including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum,  Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, said there's no clear front-runner yet for the conservative Christian vote. (Associated Press Photographs)

Social conservatives eye Christian vote in 2016

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who rallied religious voters in a 2012 presidential nomination bid, this week signaled a possible run for president in 2016, but he can expect a GOP field far more crowded with social conservatives. Published November 12, 2014

Michelle Steel, a Republican candidate for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, is one of many GOP candidates tapping into Democratic-style identity politics to win support among minority voters. (Associated Press)

GOP makes big inroads with Asian voters in midterms

Republicans on Election Day had their best showing among Asian voters in decades, topping Democrats for the first time since the 1990s, according to exit polls that have analysts wondering if the GOP has found a way to make inroads with the fast-growing demographic. Published November 9, 2014


Ben Carson gets jump-start on 2016, airs hourlong ad introducing himself nationwide

Rising conservative star Ben Carson will be the subject of a documentary set to air over the weekend that with give people across the country greater insight into his life and likely spur more speculation about his presidential ambitions in a week when the midterm elections gave a boost to many of his potential rivals. Published November 5, 2014

The biggest question mark on the Republican side is whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president in 2016. (Associated Press)

Race for 2016 begins in earnest

After simmering throughout the 2014 primaries and general election, the feud between tea party and establishment Republicans is set to boil over in the next two years as both factions turn up the heat in the battle to be kingmakers for the GOP presidential nominee. Published November 4, 2014

Milton Wolf, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas, has painted his opponent as a Washington insider. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Milton Wolf calls on Kansas voters to support Republicans

A national tea party group has started running robo calls in Kansas in which Dr. Milton Wolf urges people to vote Republican — a move that could give Sen. Pat Roberts a boost in his tighter than expected re-election race. Published November 3, 2014

With four days left in Kentucky's combative Senate race, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., a 30-year incumbent, makes a final appeal for votes during a stop in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The results of the closely watched Kentucky contest will be crucial in the midterm election that could shift the balance of power in Congress. The facility, SRC of Lexington, Inc., is a remanufacturer of engines, drive train components and hydraulics for industrial equipment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

For McConnell, hard choices await a leader in waiting

Mitch McConnell is days away from knowing whether he will be leading a GOP-controlled Senate for the next two years, but the Kentucky lawmaker is already getting a taste of what it might be like for Republicans to run both chambers of Congress. Published October 31, 2014

Despite having only taken up residency in New Hampshire less than a year ago, former Republican Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (right) is all but poised to next week dethrone Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, whom Mr. Brown has skillfully tied to what he claims are the failed national policies of President Obama. (Associated Press)

Scott Brown poised to makes big waves in New Hampshire midterms

Less than a year after moving to New Hampshire, former Sen. Scott Brown is within striking distance of chopping down Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in next week's midterm election, having cut her double-digit lead in the polls to almost zero. Published October 30, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama's Ebola response weighs on voters' minds

Ebola isn't driving polls ahead of next week's elections, but Republicans feel the Obama administration's shaky response may help them at the ballot box. Published October 27, 2014

Hawks on the hunt: GOP pounces on Obama foreign policy flubs for poll edge

Republicans are putting President Obama's foreign policy on the ballot this year, and with the GOP poised to make big gains, including possibly capturing control of the Senate, the White House will see more constraints on its policies toward Ukraine, Iran and the Islamic State terrorists. Published October 23, 2014