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Businessman David Perdue at his own election-night watch party in Atlanta. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff locked in dead heat

Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue were locked in a tight battle in Tuesday's runoff for the Republican Senate nomination to face Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the marquee races of the 2014 general election that could tilt control of the upper chamber. Published July 22, 2014

FILE - In this June 29, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and Kentucky Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes wave to supporters at at rally in Louisville, Ky. Warren is quickly becoming a top Democrat fund-raising and campaigning powerhouse. Since March, she has stumped for candidates in Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky and has trips planned in July for West Virginia and Michigan. It’s a hefty schedule for a freshman senator who not long ago was teaching law at Harvard.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Alison Lundergan Grimes hits Mitch McConnell over jobs

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes started running a new television ad on Tuesday in which an unemployed coal minor questions whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing all he can to put people back to work. Published July 22, 2014

Chris Christie

Iowa conservatives attack Christie's record

Conservative critics are welcoming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the early caucus state of Iowa Thursday by attacking his record of signing off on "liberal" justices to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Published July 16, 2014

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, formerly the mayor of Anchorage, narrowly defeated scandal-plagued longtime Sen. Ted Stevens to win his Senate seat in 2008. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, 2010 Senate candidate and tea party favorite Joe Miller and former Alaska Attorney General Daniel Sullivan are vying for the opportunity to challenge Begich for his seat in November. Alaska's primaries will be held on Aug. 19. (Associated Press)

Alaska tops wildcard races across the West

The road to a Republican majority in the Senate could hinge on what happens in Alaska, where Sen. Mark Begich is fighting for his political life and, like other vulnerable Democrats, is trying to distance himself from President Obama and some of Mr. Obama's unpopular policies. Published July 16, 2014

GOP presents ethnic faces to California voters

With less than four months to go before Election Day, Orange County Republicans in California are confident that at least two of the four Asian-American GOP women running in high-profile local and state races will emerge victorious, helping to change the face of the party overnight. Published July 16, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said that Republican employment policies have helped people in his state, among others. However, the statistics he cited fail to take into account those people who have given up trying to find work entirely, thereby reducing the overall tallies of the unemployed.  (Associated Press)

Unemployment at state levels dip due to worker loss

Republican governors eying a potential 2016 presidential run are touting their state economies as success stories, saying the conservative policies that they've pushed have brought their unemployment rates under control and put people back to work. Published July 15, 2014

** FILE ** In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014, file photograph, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering in Trenton, N.J., after he signed into law a bill that would extend the cap on arbitration awards to New Jersey's police and firefighters. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

Conservative group hits Christie on judicial picks, ahead of Iowa visit

A conservative group is welcoming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Iowa this week by accusing him of supporting "liberal" judges in the Garden State — as it looks to raise questions about whether conservatives can trust the Republican to ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run. Published July 15, 2014

"What I think would have prevented that from happening is sufficient border security on the ground," Sen. Marco Rubio says. (Associated Press)

Rubio: Senate immigration bill won't stop border surge

Sen. Marco Rubio says the immigration bill he helped push through the Senate would not have stopped the surge of children crossing the southwestern border illegally, breaking with his "Gang of Eight" co-authors who are urging the bill's passage. Published July 14, 2014

Chris Christie leading N.H. GOP presidential field; Mitt Romney lingers large

A new Granite State-WMUR poll shows that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are the top picks of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains the clear favorite among likely Democratic primary voters. Published July 11, 2014

Majority of Americans want Sarah Palin to simply go away

A new poll found that more than half of the country is sick of hearing from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, who called this week for President Obama's impeachment. Published July 10, 2014

President Obama met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday but declined his offer to go to the Mexico border just 500 miles away. (Associated Press)

Rick Perry: Obama showed up after Hurricane Sandy, why not the Texas border?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged President Obama's reasoning for not traveling to the border during a fundraising swing through the Lone Star state, saying Americans expect their commander-in-chief to respond to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in much the same way he responds to natural disasters. Published July 10, 2014