June 9th, 2010
05:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama to meet with Palestinian leader at tense time

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, a meeting that comes at a tense time for the Middle East peace process.

Obama and Abbas will meet at the White House at a time of overwhelming international concern about Israel's recent raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza.

The late May raid left nine people dead and threatened to sow more seeds of resentment between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Early in May, Obama had called Abbas to praise the start of indirect peace talks between Israel and Palestinian leaders.

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Filed under: Israel • Palestine • President Obama
June 9th, 2010
05:06 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

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CNN: Battle lines drawn in Tuesday's primaries
Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln won the Democratic primary Tuesday, beating back a challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, whose campaign was fueled by unions and liberal activists. In Nevada, Gov. Jim Gibbons failed to convince Republicans to give him another chance at a four-year term, while a Tea Party-backed candidate won the GOP nod to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Voters in 12 states held primary elections Tuesday night, but the outcomes of two contests in South Carolina will be delayed by another two weeks. A runoff will be held on June 22 for the Republican gubernatorial nomination as well as for a GOP congressional seat in the northern part of the state.

CNN: Angle wins Nevada GOP Senate primary
A conservative Republican candidate, whose critics said was too outside the mainstream to win, won Nevada's Republican Senate primary. Sharron Angle beat Republican establishment favorite Sue Lowden and businessman Danny Tarkanian in a race that had grown increasingly bitter in the final days. Angle will challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democratic nominee, in November.

CNN: Against liberal opposition, a centrist Democrat wins primary
Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln won the Democratic primary Tuesday night, beating back a challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in this high profile contest that exposed a rift between the liberal and centrist wings of the Democratic Party. Lincoln was targeted by national unions and liberal activists, who accused the Arkansas Democrat of turning her back on them as well as failing to support President Obama's policy goals. The Lincoln critics found their candidate in Halter and poured millions of dollars into Arkansas. Halter officially announced his candidacy in March making the primary a sprint, not a marathon.

CNN: GOP picks two women to head California ticket
California Republicans nominated two women Tuesday to lead their political ticket in November, bringing an end to two bruising GOP primary battles for governor and Senate. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman easily defeated state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. She faces state Attorney General Jerry Brown, a former governor, in the general election.

CNN: Haley and Barrett headed for runoff in South Carolina
The tumultuous and nasty race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in South Carolina will continue for another two weeks after Nikki Haley narrowly avoided winning Tuesday’s four-way GOP primary outright. Haley cruised to a commanding win but fell just short of the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff election, scheduled for June 22. Her opponent in the two-week sprint for the nomination will be Rep. Gresham Barrett, who finished in a distant second place and was dogged throughout the race by his vote for the Wall Street bailout in 2008.

CNN: Winner declared in special House election in Georgia
Former Georgia state Rep. Tom Graves is headed to Washington. Graves defeated fellow Republican Lee Hawkins in the special run-off election for Georgia's ninth congressional district, according to the Associated Press. With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Graves led Hawkins 58 percent to 42 percent, according to an AP vote count. The race was to fill the seat of former Rep. Nathan Deal, who stepped down earlier this year to run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
June 9th, 2010
12:37 AM ET
5 years ago

Primary update, 12:33 a.m. ET: Nevada

(CNN) - Sharron Angle has won the Republican Senate nomination in Nevada, the Associated Press projects. Angle's candidacy was supported by the Tea Party movement. She faces Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democratic nominee, in November.

GOP Senate primary:
Sharron Angle – 48,899 38.7%
Sue Lowden – 35,284 27.9%
Danny Tarkanian – 28,590 22.6%

59% of precincts reporting

*Vote totals compiled by the Associated Press


Filed under: June 8 primary results
June 9th, 2010
12:17 AM ET
5 years ago

Primary update, 12:14 a.m. ET: Nevada

GOP Senate primary:
Sharron Angle – 38,891 37.2%
Sue Lowden – 30,357 29.4%
Danny Tarkanian – 22,677 21.9%

46% of precincts reporting

*Vote totals compiled by the Associated Press


Filed under: June 8 primary results
June 9th, 2010
12:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Primary update, 12:13 a.m. ET: California

Washington (CNN) – Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has won the Republican gubernatorial primary in California, the Associated Press projects. She will face off against state Attorney General Jerry Brown, the Democratic nominee, in November.

GOP gubernatorial primary:
Meg Whitman – 434,546 62.9%
Steve Poizner – 184,773 26.7%

12% of precincts reporting

*Vote totals compiled by the Associated Press


Filed under: June 8 primary results
June 9th, 2010
12:11 AM ET
5 years ago

Unions defend backing Halter

Washington (CNN) –- Two major unions late Tuesday night defended their decisions to support Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in the Senate Democratic primary.

Despite the financial and grassroots support of the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, other unions and liberal activists, Halter was unable to defeat Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the runoff election.

Statement from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on tonight’s primary runoff election results in Arkansas:

“All around this country, there are hard-hit families worrying about how to pay next month’s mortgage or rent. They are using credit cards to pay for basics like food and utility bills. They are watching their hours cut and more and more jobs disappear. And they are looking for leaders who are going to stand by their side to turn the tide that is threatening to engulf American workers.

“Tonight, Sen. Lincoln won a narrow victory after a bruising runoff election where each and every day she was reminded that her success is only measured by doing right by working people and their families.

“Working families all over Arkansas supported Lt. Governor Bill Halter’s bid to be their Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate because he spoke up for them and the issues that matter: jobs, financial reform and making this economy work again for people who work.

“The tens of thousands of volunteers and activists have made their point loud and clear: If you stop fighting for working families, working families will stop fighting for you.”


Filed under: 2010 • AFL-CIO • Bill Halter • SEIU
June 9th, 2010
12:09 AM ET
5 years ago

Primary update, 12:07 a.m. ET: California

Washington (CNN) - Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has won the Republican Senatorial primary in California, the Associated Press projects. She will face off against incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

GOP Senatorial primary:
Carly Fiorina – 372,100 54.4%
Tom Campbell – 178,375 26.1%
Chuck DeVore – 113,578 16.6%

10% of precincts reporting

*Vote totals compiled by the Associated Press


Filed under: June 8 primary results
June 9th, 2010
12:02 AM ET
5 years ago

Primary update, 11:55 p.m. ET: California

GOP Senatorial primary:
Carly Fiorina – 326,499 54.9%
Tom Campbell – 152,321 25.6%
Chuck DeVore – 98,113 16.5%

9% of precincts reporting

*Vote totals compiled by the Associated Press


Filed under: June 8 primary results
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