(CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist remains on top in a three-way battle for the Senate, according to a new poll. And a Quinnipiac University survey released Friday also indicates that strong name recognition and a positive approval rating may be helping Crist as he makes an independent bid for the state's open Senate seat.
Thirty-seven percent of Florida voters questioned in the poll say they'll back Crist, with 32 percent supporting former Sunshine State House Speaker Marco Rubio, the presumptive Republican nominee, 17 percent backing billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, a Democratic Senate candidate, and 14 percent undecided.
If four-term Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek wins the August 24 primary, the poll indicates Crist at 39 percent, Rubio at 33 percent, Meek at 13 percent, and 15 percent undecided. According to a Quinnipiac survey released Thursday, Greene leads Meek by ten points with 35 percent undecided, in an increasingly bitter Democratic primary battle.
Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on July 30, 2009.
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(CNN) - The much anticipated "Beer Summit" took place in the White House Rose Garden Thursday evening.
The participants - President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Sergeant James Crowley, and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. did not speak to reporters during the event.
After much discussion about which beer would be served, Obama chose a Bud Light, Biden went with Buckler, Gates had a Sam Adams Light, and Crowley chose a Blue Moon.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin put her support behind another "Mama Grizzly" on Friday, announcing her endorsement of State Auditor Rita Meyer for governor of Wyoming.
Meyer is battling three other Republican candidates for the party's nomination. Wyoming's primaries will be held on August 17.
"Voters know that Rita has a unique blend of steel magnolia and mama grizzly," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "Her true grit has not escaped the eye of other Americans who know that at every level of political office we all benefit with commonsense constitutional conservatives in service."
(CNN) – Get used to this image - it's a cover that will be gracing every bookstore come November.
Harper Collins Thursday unveiled the cover art for Sarah Palin's forthcoming work set to be released in late fall, "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag."
The cover features a smiling Palin looking straight into the camera while donning a flag pin and flag-studded bracelet.
Harper Collins, the publishing behemoth behind Palin's wildly successful 2009 memoir Going Rogue, says the new book "ranges widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, and reflects on the key values-both national and spiritual-that have been such a profound part of Governor Palin's life and continue to inform her vision of America's future."
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
North Carolina 8th – Rep. Larry Kissell (D) is seeking a 2nd term
Primary: May 4, 2010; Runoff: June 22, 2010
Location: South Central North Carolina
Days until Election Day: 95
Vulnerable House Democrats like Rep. Larry Kissell hope that what Barack Obama giveth in 2008, he doesn't taketh away in 2010. Kissell and other down-ballot Democrats in North Carolina got a boost from the president's strong showing here in the last election, when Obama became the first Democrat to carry the state since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Two years later, it's a completely different environment, and Obama likely won't be much help to any incumbent from a traditionally red state, especially in a midterm election year that historically has punished the incumbent party in Congress.
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CNN: Ethics panel charges Rangel with conduct discrediting the House
The House ethics committee on Thursday accused veteran Rep. Charles Rangel of 13 violations of House rules involving alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress. The charges accused the 20-term Democrat from New York of using his influence to solicit donations for a college policy center in his name from corporate heads and others with business before the powerful House Ways and Means Committee that Rangel chaired until forced to give up the leadership position earlier this year. Other charges involve alleged income tax and financial disclosure violations, as well as improper use of government mail service and letterhead.
(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has reached a new milestone: 2 million fans on Facebook.
SarahPAC, Palin's political action committee made the announcement in the form of a fundraising email sent to supporters on Thursday.
"On behalf of Sarah and SarahPAC, I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement, especially on Facebook, where Sarah has just passed 2,000,000 fans," the email from SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford says.
"Over the last year and a half, we have received an outpouring of encouragement and support from people across this great nation. During that time, Sarah has used her Facebook account as an outlet to express her hopes and concerns about the direction of the country."
Palin has used the social media site, which has more than 500 million users, to issue a slew of endorsements in advance of the 2010 midterm elections.
Washington (CNN) - Senior White House adviser David Axelrod told Democratic senators behind closed doors on Thursday that if they want to win re-election they need to go on offense and stress to voters that it's Republicans who are to blame for the economic mess the country is in today.
"We're not interested in re-litigating the past but we don't want to relive it either," Axelrod said after the closed-door strategy session with Senate Democrats in the Capitol. "People need to know that when they cast that Republican vote they're casting that vote for those same discredited policies that punished the middle class and created this crisis in the first place."
A senior administration official added to CNN that President Obama will be "ramping up" his personal campaign schedule in a major way in September in order to make that very case, that his administration is moving the country forward after passage of key parts of his agenda - including the stimulus package, health care reform, and Wall Street reform.
Washington (CNN) - Call it the "Dreams of My Native American Father."
Much has been said about the multi-ethnic heritage of the president but he tried to add even more to that diverse background today. At an otherwise somber signing ceremony of the Tribal Law and Order Act, a law aimed at giving Indian tribes more authority to combat crime on reservations, President Obama lightened the mood by addressing his own tribal links.
"As we celebrate today, I'm reminded of a visit I made a couple of years ago to the Crow Nation out in Montana. While I was there I was adopted into the nation by a wonderful couple, Hartford and Mary Black Eagle. So I'm Barack 'Black Eagle'." Obama said.
Amid laughs and applause, the president ended the ceremony by saying, "I can't help but think that only in America could a guy like me, named Barack Obama, adoptive son of the Crow Nation, go on to become president."