(CNN) – GOP Sen. Dick Lugar is prepared to defend his seat in 2012, reporting $3.5 million in cash on hand at the end of June.
Although Tea Party activists have launched a campaign against the incumbent Indiana senator, whom they accuse of being too moderate, Lugar will report $900,000 in contributions for the second quarter of fundraising to the Federal Election Commission according to an e-mail sent to supporters Tuesday.
(CNN) - New Mexico Rep. Martin Heinrich edged out State Auditor Hector Balderas in second-quarter fundraising as both candidates prepare for a Democratic primary battle in the state's open U.S. Senate seat.
According to statements released by both campaigns Tuesday, Heinrich raised $485,000 to Balderas' $400,000 in campaign cash. But when it comes to donors, Heinrich outnumbered Balderas two to one.
(CNN)-Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tops a new WMUR Granite State Poll, with more likely Republican primary voters saying they'd support him in the first-in-the-nation primary state. His first-place showing in the poll hasn't wavered since February 2009.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann took over second place in the survey but still trails Romney by double digits.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday he invited Democratic and Republican leaders from both chambers of Congress to the White House for a meeting Thursday to discuss deficit reduction and the need to raise the federal debt ceiling.
Obama told reporters he wanted the meeting to "build on the work that's already been done and drive toward a final agreement" that would address expanding federal deficits and bring congressional approval for increasing how much money the government can borrow.
(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announced a new leadership team in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa Tuesday, following staff defections last week.
Larry Tuel will serve as state director and Lisa Lockwood, Zach Dalluge and Steven Hensler will serve as field staff.
(CNN)-It's almost like the first day at a new school for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who officially joined the presidential campaign of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Tuesday.
The daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will serve as Pawlenty's senior political adviser with an instrumental role in Iowa, where she "helped lead her father…to victory in the Iowa caucuses as his national political director," according to a written statement released the same day.
(CNN) - Restore Our Future, the "Super PAC" organized by former aides to Mitt Romney, reported raising $12 million in the first six months of 2011, according to the group.
"There is tremendous support across the country for Mitt Romney," treasurer for Restore Our Future, Charlie Spies said in a statement. "Americans are coming out in support of Gov. Romney because they are confident he has the experience to turn our economy around."
(CNN) - Despite recent media reports on growing tension between President Barack Obama and his Jewish supporters, a new Gallup poll Tuesday indicates a majority of Jewish Americans still approve of the president.
Gallup found no major shift in the group's view toward Obama since the president's May Mideast speech, when he said an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement should include a return to Israel's 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps.
Washington (CNN) - The Obama White House, which likes to consider itself pioneers in the realm of social media, will make history of sorts once again Wednesday when it hosts what's being called the first ever White House Twitter town hall.
But those who hope this president, known for his oft-lengthy responses to even the shortest of questions, is confined to Twitter's 140-character limit will be sorely disappointed. The president is merely answering questions selected from Twitter users, not responding on the social media site itself.
(CNN) – Despite continued push-back from Democrats, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stuck to his line for a second straight day that President Obama has made the American economy worse.
"He made the recession deeper, last long and recovery more anemic," Romney said Tuesday at a town hall in New Hampshire. "He made things worse."