(CNN) - A new poll indicates that the Democratic candidates hold single-digit leads over their Republican counterparts in California's gubernatorial and senatorial battles.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos survey, California Attorney General Jerry Brown holds a 45 to 39 percent advantage over Meg Whitman in the race for governor, with 14 percent undecided.
Brown, a former two-term governor in the 1970's and 1980's, has also served as Oakland mayor and California secretary of state. Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO who also was an adviser and surrogate for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid, has spent around $90 million of her own money so far on her bid for governor.
Dems are pressing Boehner over his recent interview. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
(CNN) – Democrats are apparently doing everything they can to ensure Rep. John Boehner's recent comments to a conservative-leaning paper in Pittsburgh aren't soon forgotten.
The Democratic National Committee is out with a web video Wednesday taking aim at the portion of the interview in which the House minority leader blasts the Obama-backed financial reform bill, saying of the measure, "This is killing an ant with a nuclear weapon."
The comments came in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, published Tuesday.
"Congressman Boehner, this is a bunch of ants," the video's narrator says before fading to news coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. "Congressman Boehner, any questions?"
(CNN) – A coalition of liberal advocacy groups is launching an ad campaign Wednesday that praises two senators for supporting clean energy policies while slamming three others the groups say fall short.
The initial $2 million ad buy is funded by VoteVets.org, the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and union group SEIU.
Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Harry Reid of Nevada are the two beneficiaries of the campaign running statewide for the next two weeks on broadcast and cable.
Getting the negative treatment are Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Republican Mike Johanns as well as Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
(CNN) - The battle for Ohio's open Senate seat remains deadlocked, according to a new poll. The Quinnipiac University survey's Wednesday release comes as Vice President Joe Biden heads to Cleveland to lend a helping hand to Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, the Democratic nominee.
The poll indicates that 42 percent of Ohio voters back Fisher, with 40 percent supporting former Rep. and Bush administration budget director Rob Portman, the GOP nominee. Fisher's two point advantage is basically unchanged from Quinnipiac surveys conducted in March and April and is within the poll's sampling error.
"The Senate race remains far, far from any kind of clear picture, mostly because neither candidate is well known to Ohioans. Even though Fisher has been a figure in Ohio politics for two decades, 54 percent of voters say they don't know enough about him to form an opinion. For Portman, 66 percent can't rate him. With four months until Election Day the Senate race is wide, wide open," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
(CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards, who became legally separated from husband John Edwards in January, is again speaking out about the woman who was instrumental in ending her marriage.
Speaking to CNN's Larry King in an exclusive primetime interview airing Wednesday, Edwards took aim at Rielle Hunter – the woman with whom John Edwards engaged in an affair and fathered a child – for posing provocatively in a magazine earlier this year.
"I did see the pictures and I think it's really important when you're a mother to convey that's the role you value and I think she just had too many T's to cross," Edwards said. "She also wanted to be viewed as sexy and everything else. At some point you can be sexy but that can't be your goal.
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Afghanistan Wednesday for meetings with U.S. and Afghan officials, the Department of Justice said.
Holder is in Afghanistan to foster the development of the nation's justice system, a statement from the department said.
"Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this Administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled," Holder said.
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CNN: Kagan takes on GOP critics at Supreme Court confirmation hearing
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan mounted a spirited defense against her Republican critics Tuesday, saying at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing that she rejects the empathy standard for judges and believes the written law should be followed, including precedents in most cases. On the second day of the hearing expected to last through the week, Kagan expressed a judicial philosophy of impartiality and equality, saying the courts provide a "level playing field" for all and advocating for televising high court proceedings. Republican committee members had used their opening statements to depict Kagan as a deficient nominee because of her lack of judicial experience and the advocacy positions she has held in the Clinton and Obama administrations.