(CNN) - The Republican National Committee raised $10.3 million in September, dramatically up from their August total but far less than the $16 million the Democratic National Committee brought in last month.
An RNC spokesman confirmed the numbers to CNN Friday. Earlier Friday a Republican source with knowledge of the numbers put the total at $9.7 million, which was first reported by the Hill.
Austin, Texas (CNN) - Rick Perry has been governor of Texas since the waning days of the Clinton administration.
The Republican has worked in the state capital of Austin in some fashion - state legislator, Agriculture Commissioner, Lieutenant Governor - since 1985, so long ago that he was actually a Democrat at the time of his first election.
(CNN) - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is raising the bar for Republicans, predicting they win enough seats in the midterm elections to take control of the House, and then some.
"I'm going to predict that we are probably going to be over 60 seat pick up and it will be historic," Gingrich said on Fox News. "It will be the largest pick up since 1932."
(CNN) - A top House Republican is blasting the White House and congressional Democrats over the September jobs report.
The nation's economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, but the private sector gained 64,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department report released Friday. The unemployment rate stood steady last month at 9.6 percent. The September report is the last to be released before the November 2 midterm elections.
(CNN) – Rule 1 of public speaking: Don't insult your audience.
But in the case of Vice President Joe Biden during a speech before donors in Madison, Wisconsin Thursday, that tactic just may have worked.
The vice president was repeatedly attempting to rile the Wisconsin crowd of donors in support of gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett by listing a litany of Democratic accomplishments and warning Republican policies could put the economy back in a tailspin.
But the sleepy crowd's polite applause was not the reaction the vice president was hoping for.
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:
South Dakota At-Large – Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) is seeking a 4th full term
Primary: June 8, 2010
Location: All of South Dakota
Days until the election: 25
Democrat Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has been touting her independent streak, but even her votes against some of her party's major legislative efforts might not be enough to fend off her Republican challenger this November.
(CNN) - The California governor's race has devolved into a skirmish over the word "whore."
An aide to the Democratic candidate called the Republican candidate that in an inadvertently recorded conversation, implying that she had sold out to special interests.
The Republican campaign of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has demanded an apology. The Democratic campaign of California Attorney General Jerry Brown has responded.
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CNN: Boehner to make first major campaign speech on Friday
With a little over three weeks before the midterm elections, House Minority Leader John Boehner will deliver his first major campaign speech from his hometown in Ohio on Friday. The top House Republican, in an address planned at a small manufacturing company in West Chester, will argue that voters should reject the economic policies of Democrats running Washington and elect Republicans, who he says will make Congress more responsive to the American people.
CNN: Obama strategist: 2010 is no 1994
A chief political strategist for President Obama sought Thursday to dispel the idea the upcoming midterms are similar to the 1994 elections when Republicans swept Democrats out of power in Congress. But David Plouffe, who served as Obama's presidential campaign manager, acknowledged his party is up against "some headwinds" in the march towards November 2.