(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia leads his Republican challenger by double digits in the battle over an open Senate held by the Democrats for over half a century.
According to a Marshall University poll released Friday, 48 percent of likely voters in West Virginia support the popular two-term governor, with 38 percent backing businessman John Raese, the GOP nominee, and 12 percent undecided.
Other recent polls suggest a closer contest, including a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday that indicated the two candidates were dead even at 44 percent.
(CNN) – Can't get enough of Sarah Palin? You're in luck.
The former Alaska governor's adventure-themed show on TLC is set to debut in one month, but the trailer is already making the rounds online.
The 30 second action-packed preview shows the former vice presidential candidate braving the Alaska elements - including trekking up a mountain, kayaking over river rapids while bears look on, and dog sledding.
(CNN) - She headlined the kickoff event at the Tea Party Express's last cross-country caravan, and now Sarah Palin is going to help kick off the group's new bus tour.
The organization announced Thursday that the former Alaska governor and the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee will join the launch of tour, which they call the "Tea Party Express: Liberty At The Ballot Box" national tour, which starts Monday at a rally in Reno, Nevada.
The first two days of the tour are in Nevada, home state to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who's fighting for his political life this year as he bids for a fifth term. Tea Party Express targeted Reid in its previous tours.
Spokane, Washington (CNN) - It may not have been the marquee Senate debate of Thursday night – that one took place in Nevada – but the clash in Washington between Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican challenger Dino Rossi was another study in contrasts highlighted by sharply different visions of President Obama's record.
Seated next to Murray in a Spokane television studio for the first of two debates, Rossi worked overtime to portray the three-term incumbent as beholden to the president's agenda by voting in favor of the health care reform bill, the stimulus package and financial regulatory reform.
Eager to tap into concerns about the economy and the national Republican tailwind, Rossi painted a picture of "extreme partisanship in Washington, D.C. that has really taken us in the wrong direction and down the wrong path."
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – Both sides landed some punches, but there didn't seem to be a knockout in the high stakes debate between Sen. Harry Reid and Sharron Angle Thursday night.
Still, Reid said at one point Angle had gone too far in attacking his wealth, calling it a "low blow."
A Democratic congressman from Ohio got a boost from his state's elections commission on Thursday in his campaign to prevent an anti-abortion group from running billboards attacking him for supporting the healthcare bill.
The decision by a three-member panel of the Ohio Elections Commission allows U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus to move forward with a complaint alleging that the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, is deliberately lying about his record when it says he supports government-funded abortion because of his March vote for healthcare reform.
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 .
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OH 15: Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy may lose her seat.
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: Columbus and surrounding area
Days until the election: 18
By this time they surely know each other well. In one of dozens of re-matches of congressional races from 2008, Democratic freshman Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy is facing off again against former GOP State Senator Steve Stivers in Ohio's 15th District.
Kilroy narrowly won the seat two years ago by a mere 2,300 votes - carrying it with only 46 percent of the total.
Seattle, Washington (CNN) - With Sen. Patty Murray looking vulnerable for the first time in her 18-year career, outside groups have pumped millions of dollars into the state of Washington to influence a marquee race that might ultimately decide which party controls the Senate next year.
Among the big-spenders here: American Action Network, a Republican-friendly group that's spent roughly $1.3 million attacking Murray with TV ads criticizing her homespun "mom in tennis shoes" image, and Crossroads GPS, the free-spending arm of American Crossroads, an independent group with ties to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and being advised by GOP heavyweights Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie.
Crossroads GPS has spent $1.3 million on television ads in Washington, including one spot on the air accusing Murray of increasing the national debt by $14 trillion with her votes since joining the Senate in 1993.
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CNN: White House Dispatch: Bush Cabinet official to visit Oval Office
President Obama has been known to occasionally criticize the Bush administration, but he's rolling out the red carpet for a member of the former President's Cabinet. On Friday, Mr. Obama is scheduled to sit down in the Oval Office with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. A White House official said the President and Rice have a "cordial relationship." As for what's on the agenda, the official added that "they'll talk about a range of foreign policy issues" during the meeting.
Las Vegas Sun: Harry Reid, Sharron Angle continue attacks at debate
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sharron Angle have been lobbing verbal stink bombs at each other over the airwaves for weeks, and in the hour they faced off at the Vegas PBS studios, they kept up the pattern. Angle pledged in her opening statement to highlight “the contrast” between her and Reid — and to that end, she took several direct shots at Reid, turning to him to say things like: “That’s nuts,” “You need to apologize” and perhaps the best of the night, “Man up, Harry Reid.” Reid chose instead to keep his face to the camera, even when defending himself against Angle’s attacks. He frequently called his “opponent” (he never uttered her name) a liar, and “extreme.” But for the most part, he tried to stick to substance, a move that makes sense for the candidate that’s the sitting senator.