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Inside Politics Archive: October 2010

  • Clinton stumps for embattled Solomon Ortiz

    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. Published October 26 2010

  • Florida's Sink cheats during debate

    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. Published October 26 2010

  • O'Donnell receives support of former Delaware governor

    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." Published October 25 2010

  • Kirk, Giannoulias in virtual tie in Illinois Senate race

    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. Published October 25 2010

  • Polls show third-party candidates surging

    Two independent candidates for governor made significant gains this week on their Republican and Democratic rivals, according to newly released polls. Published October 22 2010

  • Ken Buck's gay rights resume

    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. Published October 18 2010

  • O'Malley: Ehrlich's criticisms hurt Maryland

    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. Published October 14 2010

  • Kaine takes aim at Manchin 'rifle' ad

    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. Published October 14 2010

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

    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. Published October 11 2010

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

    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. Published October 11 2010

  • Wisconsin GOP hammers Feingold on bin Laden stance

    The Wisconsin Republican Party has accused Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of being soft on Osama bin Laden. Published October 8 2010

  • Angle leads Reid in Rasmussen poll

    A Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday shows Sharron Angle four points ahead of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in their hotly contested Senate race. Published October 7 2010

  • Rubio rakes in record haul from donors

    The Florida Republican said he has raised more than $5 million during the quarter ending Sept. 30. Published October 7 2010

  • Rand airs negative ad on Conway

    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. Published October 6 2010

  • Hoffman drops N.Y. 23 bid

    Doug Hoffman, the upstate New York longshot whose 2009 congressional bid was an early indicator of the tea party's political relevance, announced today he is stepping aside in the 23rd Congressional District race. Published October 5 2010

  • Bennet, Buck bicker over 'extreme' tax plan

    Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet dropped a bombshell last week by revealing that his Republican opponent, Tea Party favorite Ken Buck, wants to raise taxes. Published October 3 2010