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:
Mississippi's 1st Congressional District-Rep. Travis Childers is seeking a second term
Primary: June 1st, 2010
Where: The First Congressional District is located in the Rolling hills of North Mississippi and includes 24 counties with a total population of 760,000.
Days Until Election Day: 7
(CNN) –Rep. Travis Childers, D-Mississippi, is locked in a dead heat with Republican opponent Alan Nunnelee in a race that has pitted a self-described incumbent with an "independent voice" against a state senator who is taking him to task for not being fiscally conservative.
(CNN) - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, the state's Democratic Senate nominee, launched a new ad on Monday calling his opponent's ideas "crazy" and "bad for West Virginia."
The ad compiles video clips of Republican John Raese making a series of seemingly controversial statements, such as, "I've already been defeated three times. That's a pretty good message from West Virginia I think."
(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Republican challenger John Kasich holds a 6-point advantage over Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in Ohio's gubernatorial contest, a race that's captured national headlines thanks to the numerous appearances by top flight surrogates.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 49 percent of likely voters in Ohio support Kasich, a former congressman, with 43 percent backing Strickland, a former congressman who was elected governor in 2006. Kasich's six point advantage is within the poll's sampling error. Kasich's margin is also down from a 10 point lead held in a Quinnipiac poll released about a week ago.
New York (CNN) - They may be known as the Grand Old Party, but Republican leaders in the House are shunning a party-like atmosphere on election night.
CNN has learned that House GOP leader John Boehner will appear next Tuesday night with other Republican leaders and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Although the invitation, obtained by CNN, asks Republican guests to come in appreciation for "making calls, knocking on doors, [and] selling the fight," GOP sources say they will do their best to keep the atmosphere low key.
(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Richard Blumenthal maintains a double digit lead over Linda McMahon in the Senate battle in Connecticut.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 54 percent of likely voters in Connecticut say they back Blumenthal, the longtime state attorney general and Democratic nominee for Senate, with 42 percent supporting McMahon, the GOP nominee and former pro-wrestling executive who's spent tens of millions of dollars of her own money on her campaign.
(CNN) – Look too quickly and one may think Meg Whitman, the GOP nominee for governor in California, is herself heaping praise on rival Jerry Brown in Brown's latest TV ad.
The new spot launching Tuesday opens with Whitman declaring, "30 years ago, anything was possible in this state."
The problem for Whitman, as Brown's ad quickly notes, is that Brown himself was governor of California 30 years ago.
(CNN) – A onetime staffer for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid no longer works for the senior a Democrat amid reports the staffer orchestrated a sham marriage in order to provide a Lebanese man with American citizenship, a spokesman for Reid said.
"Our office was not previously aware of these allegations and, following an internal investigation, the staffer at issue is no longer with our office," Jim Manley, Reid's communications director, said in a statement. "The conduct alleged, which took place several years before the staffer worked for Senator Reid, was clearly wrong."
(CNN) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is charged with illegally funneling corporate money to help elect GOP candidates to the Texas legislature.
The Republican was indicted in 2005 on charges he illegally sent $190,000 in corporate money through the Republican National Committee to help elect GOP Texas legislative candidates in 2002.
(CNN) - An employee with the liberal group Moveon.org was stomped on by a man wearing a "Rand Paul for Senate" T-shirt outside a televised debate in Lexington, Kentucky, Monday night, police said.
The incident took place before the debate between Republican Paul and Democrat Jack Conway.
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