Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - The debate in the nation's marquee Senate race was probably the dullest thing that happened in Las Vegas on Thursday night.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is known to get awkward and wonky, was both at times. He seemed so intent on coming off as likable that he missed openings to challenge his rival, Republican insurgent Sharron Angle.
Angle, who astonished Democrats by raising $14 million in the past quarter, was the aggressor in the debate yet unsteady at that. She often seemed confused on the facts and lost in her own answers.
(CNN) - Republican John Kasich has extended his lead over Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland in the Ohio governor's race.
According to a new poll from the University of Cincinnati, Kasich, a former congressman, holds a 51-43 percent lead over the once-popular Strickland. Six percent say they remain undecided – a percentage that may offer the one-term governor a glimmer of hope if he can convince those voters to fall his way in the next three weeks.
The poll surveyed 705 likely voters by telephone between October 8-13 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.
Check out CNN's new Polling Center, which provides the most comprehensive polling data covering national questions and the top 2010 election races of any news organization in the political landscape.
New York (CNN) - Tying Democratic candidates to Nancy Pelosi is one of the biggest Republican themes this election season.
The amount Republicans are spending to fill the airwaves with that message is staggering: $42 million dollars.
That's how much Republicans have spent so far on television ads linking their opponents to the House Speaker, according to data calculated for CNN by Evan Tracey of the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ads.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden head to Delaware Friday to try and keep Biden's old Senate seat in Democratic party hands.
Obama and Biden will team up with New Castle County executive Chris Coons, the party's Senate nominee at a fundraiser in Wilmington. The trip is Biden's third visit to his home state to help Coon's bid.
(CNN) – Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin seemed to have the 2008 election – and, specifically, first lady Michelle Obama – on her mind during a speech at a conservative forum Thursday night.
"You know, when I hear people say, or had said during the campaign that they've never been proud of America, haven't they met anybody in uniform yet?" Palin opined during her remarks at a Liberty and Freedom Foundation forum in San Jose, California.
"I get tears in my eyes when I see that young man, that young woman, walking through the airport in uniform – you too – so proud to be American," Palin said to enthusiastic applause.
(CNN) - Removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right move, but the United States made mistakes in the aftermath, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNN on Friday.
In an interview to be broadcast Monday on CNN International's "Connect the World" program, Rice acknowledged a failure to focus rebuilding efforts throughout the country and attributed the problem to a lack of understanding.
Related: read "Wolf's pick" on his interview with Rice here."
(CNN) – Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican who lost her primary challenge and is now running as a write-in candidate, is up with a new ad featuring an endorsement from the late Sen. Ted Stevens.
Stevens, who died in a plane crash last summer, is seen telling voters, "I trust Lisa and her commitment to keep fighting for us. She is working for Alaska every single day. We need Lisa and the seniority she has earned now, more than ever."
Editor's warning: This report about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's book about growing up in the segregated South contains language you may find offensive, including the N-word. Rice explained she had to use the word in an interview with CNN to accurately portray what happened at a football game in 1964. Should you continue reading, we must warn you that we have left her quote intact and have included the word in the story.
Washington (CNN) – It's not every day that you hear the former secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, say the N-word. But she did during a taped interview with me that will air today in The Situation Room (5-7 p.m. ET).
We had a lengthy discussion about her new book, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family." It's the very powerful and moving story of her growing up in the segregated South – a story that's still hard to believe because it took place not all that long ago in the United States.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CNN) – It doesn't get more outside the Beltway than Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson.
"I'd never been to Washington D.C.... until this election. I've gone three times just to familiarize myself and meet with some groups. But that's it," Johnson said.
A millionaire businessman running in his first election, Johnson is favored to take down three-term Democrat Russ Feingold. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released this week shows Johnson with an eight point lead.
Washington (CNN) – A CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Friday indicates that 47 percent of likely voters would choose a Republican candidate for Congress if the election were held today, with 41 percent of likely voters saying they would vote for the Democrat.
This newest edition of the CNN Poll of Polls is an average of five national surveys conducted during the first two weeks of October: CNN/Opinion Research Corporation (October 5-7), CBS (October 1-5), Bloomberg (October 7-10), Reuters/Ipsos (October 7-11), and Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (October 11-13). The Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.