(CNN) – If New Yorkers have their way, there won't be a President Bloomberg anytime soon.
A new Marist Poll released Wednesday said 64 percent of registered voters in New York City do not want independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for president.
And a Mayor Spitzer? Sixty two percent of voters do not want former Democratic New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to run for mayor in 2013.
(CNN) – President Obama embarks Wednesday on his longest campaign swing of the midterm election season, with top adviser David Axelrod saying that "nobody has as big a megaphone as the president" and that he plans to use it aggressively to lay out the stakes for November 2.
"We want to make sure people are mobilized and energized," Axelrod said at a White House briefing with reporters, adding the president always knew it would be a tough political year, but "we're out there and we're scrapping and fighting."
Axelrod said the president will make clear the nation has been able to "come through two very difficult years" because of his leadership and he believes Republicans will take the country backward if they take power on Capitol Hill.
(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee heads to Iowa next month, after the midterm elections.
Huckabee is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Iowa Family Policy Center's "Celebrate the Family" event on Saturday, November 21. IFPC is a nonprofit research and educational organization that says its mission is to "restore and defend traditional moral principles in the culture by advocating for sound public policy."
Huckabee's speaking role was confirmed by Hogan Gidley, director of Huckabee's political action committee.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney is continuing his efforts to be a key player this midterm election cycle, set to launch a new initiative on his website that aims to link his supporters with House GOP challengers in key races.
(CNN) – The National Republican Senatorial Committee spent $162,000 on an independent expenditure effort in Alaska, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday.
The money represents the first influx of cash by the NRSC into the Senate race, suggesting Republicans are worried about the seat. The funds are most likely an advertising buy for Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, indicating that Republicans are nervous about the tight race.
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Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - When President Obama flew into Columbus, Ohio, this past Sunday, party organizers turned out a crowd of 35,000 people, the largest gathering he'd addressed since his inauguration.
It was Obama's 11th trip to the state since becoming president and the only political rally to which he brought his top draw - Michelle Obama.
(CNN) – New poll numbers suggest the Senate contests in Washington State and Pennsylvania are tightening up while the GOP is up big in the Senate race in Ohio.
A Muhlenberg College/Allentown Morning Call survey released Wednesday of likely voters in Pennsylvania indicates that Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat's nominee, holds a 44 to 41 percent advantage over former Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican nominee, with 15 percent undecided. Sestak's two point margin is within the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) – Democrats are doubling down on their efforts to portray the GOP as beneficiaries of shadowy campaign finance schemes, launching a national television ad Wednesday accusing Republicans of maliciously shielding their largest corporate donors in a cloak of anonymity.
"You've seen the ads. Millions being spent by right wing groups to buy an election," the new ad from the Democratic National Committee says. "All from secret donors. What's not a secret is why. Republicans and their corporate buddies want to be back in charge."
It's a message President Obama and Vice President Biden have themselves hammered on the campaign trail and one that has stemmed primarily from the workings of outside groups such as the Karl Rove-backed organization American Crossroads and its affiliate, Crossroads GPS.
Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee says it has raised $11.1 million over the first 13 days of October, a figure that the organization says puts it on pace for one of its best fundraising months ever for a midterm election cycle.
Wednesday's release of partial monthly fundraising figures is a rare move by the DNC, but it appears to be a push by the party committee to portray Democratic voters and contributors as energized. Most polls conducted over the past few months indicate that Republicans are more energized and enthusiastic to vote than Democrats.