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:
Florida 12th-(Open Seat)-Rep. Adam Putnam (R) is running for Florida Agricultural Commissioner
Primary: August 24, 2010
Location: Central Florida-Lakeland, suburbs east of Tampa
Days Until Election Day: 44
(CNN) - It should've come as no surprise when five-term Rep. Adam Putman announced in early 2009 that he would vacate his seat to run for Florida Agricultural Commissioner, given his commitment to Florida's agricultural industry. Still, a surprise it was for the GOP, who could rely on Putnam's regular support and valued his quick rise through the ranks.
However, unless something changes before election day, this district should remain in Republican hands. First off, it has a red bent: Sen. John McCain won a slim majority there in 2008 (50-49%) . The district also voted 58 percent for President George W. Bush in 2004 and 56 percent for Republican Governor Charlie Crist in 2006. Secondly, by all accounts, this is a Republican year, so national trends should help underscore the local dynamic.
Washington (CNN) – Pop star Lady Gaga will headline a rally in Portland, Maine, Monday calling on the state's two Republican senators to vote yes on taking up a defense bill that includes authorization to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gay and lesbian servicemembers.
A crucial Senate vote is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, and supporters of the repeal say that as of now, they do not have the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster blocking the bill. Maine Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are publicly undecided, and could each potentially provide Democrats the votes they need to bring the issue before the Senate.
Lady Gaga's rally is being organized by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a gay rights group mobilizing grassroots support to repeal the controversial policy. The organization also helped the singer set up a lengthy YouTube video posted Friday urging her fans to call their senators and ask them to support Tuesday's procedural vote.
The singer sent word of the planned rally via twitter Sunday night.