Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's decision Wednesday to drop his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination paves the way for a battle royale between Republican state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe — a campaign that could be radically altered if Mr. Bolling follows through on hints he might pursue an independent run.
Rep. Allen B. West's concession Tuesday that he lost his bid for re-election means the 113th Congress will open in January with only one black Republican in either chamber — a rough end to a year when the GOP had high hopes for expanding the diversity of its caucus.
Republican officials in key states have two contradictory opinions about this year's presidential campaign: The Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket is the worst-run ever, but despite that, they're doing fine in their own states.
Some state Republican Party leaders and influential conservatives say they are worried that the early stages of Mitt Romney's campaign have been marked by missteps and missed opportunities in the bid to unseat President Obama in November.
President Obama kicks off his "official" re-election campaign Saturday with college rallies in Virginia and Ohio the latest in a series of events aimed at shoring up the president's flagging support among the coalition of women, minorities and young voters that propelled him to victory in 2008.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling are urging the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee to rescind a "loyalty oath" that would require voters to sign a statement saying that they intend to support the party's nominee before they are allowed to vote in the March 6 primary.
Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that a paid worker turned in fraudulent signatures to try to get him on the ballot in Virginia, while Texas. Gov. Rick Perry stepped up his legal effort to be included in the Old Dominion's March 6 primary.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry filed an emergency order Wednesday in federal court requiring Virginia's Board of Elections to place his name on the ballot for the state Republican presidential primary.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday challenging the state of Virginia's ballot access rules that left him off of the March 6 presidential primary ballot in the state.