4:50 p.m. - President Barack Obama's outdoor venue in Richmond, Virginia, was washed out by heavy rain, so his "backyard discussion" was held indoors at the Southampton Recreation Association.
The Virginia stop capped a day of political rewind.
The president started in Iowa - where he kicked off his White House campaign in 2007 - and then came to Virginia, where on the eve of his historic election then-candidate Obama held a massive rally.
(CNN) - Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell said Wednesday God is the reason she didn't give up on politics after her failed 2008 Senate bid.
"God continued to strengthen and empower us," O'Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). "If it weren't for faith when all logic said it's time to quit, we pursued, we marched on because we knew God was not releasing us to quit."
O'Donnell, who has said she will no longer speak to the national media, continues to receive nationwide attention for controversial comments she made in the 1990s.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) – Unlike other Republican Senate candidates with long political resumes, Rob Portman had the good fortune this election cycle of avoiding a costly and divisive primary battle in Ohio.
Such contests have crowned hard-line conservative Senate nominees in seven states, including Tea Party-backed insurgents like Joe Miller in Alaska and Sharron Angle in Nevada, who unapologetically favor scaling back long-established government programs and banding together to stymie President Barack Obama's agenda.
Portman doesn't quite see himself running with that crowd if he wins in November.
(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee blasted out an email to reporters Wednesday afternoon with the headline that Sen. John McCain has offered $1 million to the organization.
The promise comes as the party committee is looking to pick up at least 10 seats in order to take back a majority in the Senate. NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn praised McCain, saying, "It's very encouraging to see Sen. McCain step up and do this. Republicans have historically not done this like Democrats have, and that has been a real competitive advantage that they have had."
GOPers were told about the cash infusion by McCain and Cornyn during a weekly Republican conference lunch that took place on Wednesday.
(CNN) - A Washington insider Wednesday noticed White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel lunching at DC hot spot Central Michel Richard with none other than billionaire businessman Samuel Zell, who serves as the chairman of the Tribune Company - the company that owns and operates Chicago's influential Chicago Tribune.
The afternoon meeting fuels speculation over Emanuel's possible run for mayor of Chicago. Senior White House officials have confirmed to CNN they expect Emanuel to step down from his position as chief of staff as soon as Friday to take the final exploratory steps for a campaign.
TOPICS: Senate and Governor races in Alaska, California, Florida and Illinois
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(CNN) - The battle for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat remains a deat heat, according to a new poll. A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also indicates the Illinois gubernatorial battle is all tied up.
Forty-three percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say they back Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat's Senate nominee, while 42 percent support Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican standard-bearer.
(CNN) - Republican Marco Rubio has taken the lead in Florida's three-way battle for the Senate, according to a new poll. The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates that the state's gubernatorial battle is dead even.
According to the poll, released Wednesday, 42 percent of likely voters in the Sunshine State now support Rubio, the former Florida House speaker. Thirty-one percent are backing Gov. Charlie Crist, who earlier this year dropped his bid for the GOP nomination and announced he would run for the Senate as an independent candidate.
(CNN) - A new poll indicates that the Democrats are opening up leads in the California battles for senator and governor.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday, 52 percent of likely voters in the Golden State say they support Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, with 43 percent backing Republican challenger Carly Fiorina.
(CNN) - The wild three-way Senate race in Alaska now appears to be a two-person fight for the top spot, according to a new poll.
A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 38 percent of likely voters in the state support GOP nominee Joe Miller, with 36 percent saying they back Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was narrowly defeated by Miller in last month's GOP primary.