August 29th, 2010
07:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Crist says he'll return campaign contributions

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he would return campaign contributions from ‘people who had asked for it.’
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he would return campaign contributions from ‘people who had asked for it.’

(CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist appeared to suggest Saturday that he would give money back to donors if they asked.

Crist spoke Saturday with CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry, who is filling in for Candy Crowley on State of the Union.

Crist told Henry, "we'll give it [campaign contributions] back to people who had asked for it."

The independent candidate seemed to hedge a moment later saying, "People gave money to a good cause, I'm going to spend it on a good cause and that's how I feel about it."

After failing to secure the GOP nomination for Senate, Crist was sharply criticized for refusing to refund contributions made to his campaign by Republicans.

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • State of the Union
August 29th, 2010
07:30 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: A national or local election in Utah's 2nd?

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

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:

Utah 2nd – Rep. Jim Matheson is seeking a 6th term
Primary: June 22, 2010
Location: parts of Salt Lake City, Eastern and Southern Utah
Days until Election Day: 65

Since 2002, Rep. Jim Matheson has won Utah's 2nd District with expanding majorities - an impressive feat for a Democrat in a conservative state. Though his party remains unpopular at home, Matheson will bank on his personal popularity and votes against major Democratic initiatives to retain his seat. Republicans hoping to add this seat to their column face a tough fight.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Jim Matheson • Utah
August 29th, 2010
06:55 AM ET
4 years ago

West Virginia governor, businessman win Senate nominations

 West Virginia Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin won his party’s nomination the U.S. Senate on Saturday.
West Virginia Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin won his party’s nomination the U.S. Senate on Saturday.

(CNN) – West Virginia Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin and Republican businessman John Raese ran to easy victories Saturday in a special West Virginia primary for the U.S. Senate.

They will compete this fall to replace the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who died in late June.

On the Democratic side, numbers from the Associated Press showed Manchin holding a 73% to 17% lead over 95-year-old Ken Hechler in the primary, with more than 70 percent of precincts counted. Hechler was a four-term secretary of state and represented West Virginia in the U.S. House from 1959 to 1977.

Manchin spoke to reporters in Charleston shortly after the race was projected, telling them, "I don't think anyone can replace Robert C. Byrd, nor should they try." But he said he would try to follow in Byrd's footsteps if he won in November, calling that a "tough task right there."

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • West Virginia
August 29th, 2010
02:02 AM ET
4 years ago

Vitter, Melancon win party nominations in Louisiana

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter won the Republican Party’s nomination for Senate on Saturday.
Louisiana Sen. David Vitter won the Republican Party’s nomination for Senate on Saturday.

(CNN) - Republican Sen. David Vitter and Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon easily coasted to victory Saturday in the Louisiana Senate primary, setting up a November race between the conservative senator and the Blue Dog Democrat congressman.

Vitter, in his first appearance on the ballot since a 2007 scandal, overwhelmed two Republican challengers.

The Associated Press showed Vitter winning 87 percent of the vote, 80 points ahead of his nearest opponent, former State Supreme Court justice Chet Traylor.

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Melancon • David Vitter • Louisiana
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