(CNN) - So what if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched a primary challenge against President Barack Obama for the Democratic party's 2012 presidential nomination?
Yes, that's highly unlikely. But what if?
Well, Gallup asked the question, and their new poll, released Thursday, indicates that 52 percent of Democrats or Independents who lean towards the Democrats would back Obama in such a hypothetical primary contest, with 37 percent supporting Clinton and one in ten not holding an opinion.
(CNN) - A recent confrontation between New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and a newspaper columnist illustrates the multimillionaire's brash and unpredictable nature, a political observer said.
"He's got to control himself," said Doug Muzzio, a professor of public policy at Baruch College in New York. "This guy wants to be the governor and is going to start beating up or having reporters hit? It's [got] a Tony Soprano-like quality to it."
(CNN) - With the unofficial start of the 2012 Presidential election less than five weeks away, a new poll indicates that name recognition definitely matters when it comes to early Presidential politics.
According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 19 percent of Republicans and Independents who lean Republican say they would be most likely to support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the next GOP presidential nomination.
Three points back, and within the survey's sampling error, is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 12 percent. Palin, the party's 2008 vice presidential nominee, and Romney and Huckabee, who were in the national spotlight thanks to their previous bids for the White House, are all apparently well known to Republicans across the country.
(CNN) - Pennsylvania may be in for a nail-biter in November, according to the results of a new poll released Thursday.
Republican nominee Pat Toomey is leading Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat's nominee, 45 percent to 42 percent among likely voters in the Keystone State's race for Senate, according to a Susquehanna Polling and Research survey conducted for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Toomey's three-point lead falls within the margin of error.
The poll portrays a tighter race than a spate of other recent polls have indicated. Toomey held a five-point advantage in a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last week, a seven-point margin in recent surveys from Quinnipiac University and Muhlenberg College, and a nine point lead in a recent Franklin and Marshall College poll.
(CNN) - Congress is on the verge of turning down the volume on television commercials, which at times are louder than the programming on the nation's airwaves.
The Senate unanimously approved the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act Thursday before leaving town for the midterm elections. The House passed a similar bill last year, but because it was slightly different than the Senate legislation the House must still approve the Senate version.
A spokesman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, the California Democrat who authored the House bill, said the issue would be addressed when Congress returns after the election.
Washington (CNN) - In the past few weeks, Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota has become a buzzword for speculation about likely contenders for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
And Thune himself is not ruling out the possibility of a presidential run.
(CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter left a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday afternoon after spending two days recovering from a gastric viral infection, the MetroHealth Medical Center said.
He will resume his schedule with a meeting this week in Washington, D.C.
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CHICAGO (CNN) - Rahm Emanuel hopes to wield the legendary power that comes with being mayor of this city, but for now he can't even get his house back from a tenant.
I just rolled up to Emanuel's house on the North Side of the city to meet his tenant, Robert Halpin, who doesn't seem too happy about all of the media attention surrounding his landlord's expected departure from the White House as early as Friday.
According the Chicago Sun-Times, Halpin signed a one-year lease to rent Emanuel's house during the early part of the Obama administration because the White House chief of staff moved his family to Washington.
Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will step down Friday to run for mayor of Chicago, two sources told CNN Thursday.
The move was expected, after Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently decided not to run for re-election.
Candidates for the Chicago mayoral race must gather 12,500 signatures by November 22. The city's February 22 Democratic primary could be very difficult to win given the number of prospective candidates from various factions of the party lining up to run.
(CNN) - Two straight days, two straight polls showing Republican Marco Rubio with a double-digit lead in Florida's wild three-way Senate battle.
A new Quinnipiac University survey indicates that 46 percent of likely voters in the Sunshine State support Rubio, the former Florida House speaker and the GOP Senate nominee. Thirty-three percent back 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.