PHOENIX, Arizona (CNN) - Sarah Palin will join John McCain on stage tonight in Phoenix, say aides, but the Alaska governor will not speak.
NEW YORK (CNN) - Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha has won re-election to his District 12 seat. He beat Republican challenger William Russell.
Murtha, serving his 16th term, recently fired up controversy after saying this about some of his own constituents: "There's no question western Pennsylvania is a racist area."
Murtha made those comments in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The video of that interview was posted on the internet. Murtha apologized for his words the next day.
But days later in an interview with a local television station, Murtha said his district, years ago, was "really redneck."
Former President Clinton recently campaigned on Murtha's behalf.
Murtha is an ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's and a vocal critic of the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war.
He's well known for steering federal dollars to his state for projects and staunchly defends that.
(CNN) – Tuesday, November 4, 2008 will go down as the day America opened its history book, turned the page and started a new chapter of change.
This is truly an historic night - a moment many of us prayed for, marched for, organized for and some even died for. This is not the end of a journey, but the turning of a major page in American history.
If Dr Martin Luther King were alive, he would have cautioned us not to stop praying, not to stop marching, but to keep the dream alive.
As Senator Barack Obama has stated so long ago, change never comes easy. Tonight the people of America will tell the world that they are ready for change and they will back Obama in leading the change.
(CNN) – CNN projects that Republican Lt. Gov. Jim Risch will defeat Democratic former Rep. Larry LaRocco for the Senate race in Idaho.
Risch will replace retiring senator and fellow Republican Larry Craig, whose arrest in a police sting operation in a Minneapolis airport bathroom made his Senate post one of the most closely watched in 2007.
CNN projections are based on exit poll data from key areas.
(CNN) – Barack Obama is set to win the state of Virginia, CNN projects, marking the first time the state has backed a Democrat for president since 1964.
A defeat in Virginia would make it extremely difficult for Obama's Republican rival John McCain to win the White House.
It is the fourth state to flip to the Democratic column after voting for President Bush in 2004, after Iowa, New Mexico and the critical battleground of Ohio.
Two anonymous McCain aides told CNN's Dana Bash even before the Virginia results were in that they saw no path to victory for their candidate, given the night's results.
Obama now leads McCain 220-135 in the electoral college, with 270 votes needed for victory.
(CNN) – CNN projects that Democrat Beverly Perdue will beat Republican Pat McCrory and Independent Mike Munger and take the governor's seat.
CNN's projections are based on partial vote tallies and exit polls in key areas of the state.
(CNN) - CNN projects that Republican challenger Bill Cassidy will beat out incumbent Democratic House member Don Cazayoux in Louisiana.
CNN projections are based on actual vote results and exit poll data from key areas.
(CNN) - Latino voters are increasingly fleeing the Republican Party, exit polls show.
Two-thirds of Latino voters nationwide voted for Barack Obama, while 30 percent picked John McCain. In 2004, President Bush captured 40 percent of the Latino vote.
Watch: Latinos flock toward Obama
The advantage could prove particularly decisive in Arizona and Florida, two states CNN has yet to call. Even in McCain's home state, 61 percent of Latinos voted against him. In Florida, where Latinos picked Bush over Sen. John Kerry in 2004, Obama is carrying 57 percent of the vote.
The reason Obama is doing so well with Latinos is because they appear to disapprove of Bush's job performance more than the rest of the country. About 80 percent give the president negative marks, while 72 percent of all Americans do.
(CNN) – CNN projects that former Gov. Mike Johanns, a Republican, will win the Senate seat in Nebraska, replacing Sen. Chuck Hagel who is not seeking a third term.
Johanns, who served as secretary of agriculture under the Bush administration until 2007, will defeat rancher Scott Kleeb, a Democrat.
CNN projections are based on actual results and exit poll data from key areas.
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CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN)– City of the big shoulders, Carl Sandburg called it, and the phrase has become part of the national lexicon.
But the strangest thing is going on in Chicago tonight:
In Grant Park, uncounted thousands of people, with more pouring in by the minute, are staring at a giant television screen above the stage where, at some point tonight, Barack Obama will stand.
And behind the people– behind their backs, wrapping around the park– the high-rise buildings appear to be looking over their shoulders, gazing at the huge screen. It’s an illusion, but that’s the appearance of it– that kind neck-craning civic anticipation.
Political preferences aside, something is going on here tonight. Everyone– and seemingly everything– is stretching to get a good view.
There are beams from Hollywood-style Klieg lights shooting toward the blackness of the sky– a little out of place in the capital of the Midwest, but this is no ordinary night– and a crescent moon peers down upon security helicopters buzzing the field.
It’s hard to guess what passengers in jets heading right now for O’Hare or Midway airports must make of this– unless they realize that what they’re seeing is a gathering for Obama, they might wonder why such a churning crowd has gathered for a concert at which there is no performer up on the stage.
They’ll undoubtedly look down from those airliners in the November sky: just more people peering over the shoulders of a city on a night like none seen here before.