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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.

Who won the California debate?

The general consensus after Tuesday's California gubernatorial debate was both candidates performed as expected. Democrat Jerry Brown was smoother and more comfortable behind the mike; Republican Meg Whitman was a bit stiff, but may have won over some voters simply by exceeding expectations.

Rubio airs ad in Spanish

No habla espanol? Then you'll have trouble understanding Senate candidate Marco Rubio's latest campaign ad, a Spanish-language spot aimed at the state's immense — and politically active — Hispanic population.

Ex-Rep. Wexler backs Crist

Struggling Senate candidate Charlie Crist of Florida has received a campaign boost with the endorsement of former Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler.

Pollsters say 'sloppy,' incomplete polls hurting midterms

Americans are having a hard time understanding who's winning or losing midterm elections based on polls with wildly varying percentages, often derived from inconsistent or substandard methods of gathering information, Democratic and Republican pollsters said Friday.

O'Malley asks Obama to stump

While some Democratic incumbents appear to be distancing themselves from President Obama and his low job-approval rating, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he is eagerly awaiting a campaign-trail visit.

No hard feelings toward George Allen

Republican and former Virginia Gov. George F. Allen was a popular and perhaps surprising guest Thursday at a Washington fundraiser sponsored by the Republican Indian Committee for Nikki Haley, the GOP candidate for South Carolina governor.

O'Donnell camp calls CREW charges 'ridiculous'

An attorney representing Christine O'Donnell, the outspoken "tea party"-backed Republican Senate candidate from Delaware who has been accused by a government watchdog group of embezzling campaign funds, has called the complaints a "political ploy" by a "headline grabbing left-wing organization."

RGA runs first ad for GOP Ehrlich in Maryland

The Republican Governors Association on Tuesday released its first TV ad backing party member Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in his effort to defeat incumbent Democrat Martin O'Malley in the Maryland gubernatorial race.