(CNN) - Republican Rep. Tim Johnson of Illinois will not run for re-election, according to a Republican source with knowledge of the decision.
The six-term congressman, elected in 2000, represents the 15th Congressional District in the eastern part of the state, which covers Champaign-Urbana and includes parts of Normal and Bloomington.
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - In this contest, Rick Santorum enjoyed having three strikes against him.
With a trio of “X’s” next to his name, the Republican presidential candidate dominated a game of bowling against a small group of family and staffers Wednesday night in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
(CNN) - Mississippi lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would require any physician performing abortions in the state to be a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and to have admitting privileges at an area hospital.
The bill "should effectively close the only abortion clinic in Mississippi," said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in a statement. "This is a strong bill that will effectively end abortion in Mississippi." If the state's only abortion facility, Jackson Women's Health Organization, closes, Mississippi women seeking abortions would have to leave the state.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, 89, was admitted to a Florida hospital on Tuesday, CNN has confirmed.
The liberal icon is being evaluated for "brief transient spells where he passes out and becomes verbally unresponsive," his family said in a statement.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A top adviser to Rick Santorum said the candidate needs to win his home state of Pennsylvania later this month to push forward with his presidential campaign.
“We need Pennsylvania. We believe it is critical for us, there's no doubt about it. It is our home state,” John Brabender said Wednesday on CNN’s “John King, USA.”
Broomall, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Mitt Romney set foot in Pennsylvania on Wednesday in full general election mode, attacking President Barack Obama’s “government-centered” view of America and promising to restore “freedom” to the middle class.
“Please help me defeat Barack Obama next November,” he asked an energetic crowd in Broomall, a suburb of vote-rich Philadelphia. “We just got to get him out of office. He just doesn’t understand what’s happening to the country.”
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney changes gears from focusing on his GOP rivals to the president and the general election, CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports.
(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he expects Pennsylvania's primary later this month to be "extremely important," especially for Rick Santorum, a former two-term senator from the state.
"I think these candidates, for whatever it's worth, have set up a narrative that if you can't win your home state, that spells a pretty big problem," Priebus said on CNN's "The Situation Room."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 4, 2012| 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
JUST IN: Army criminal investigators have completed their first visit to the two villages where Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is alleged to have killed 17 Afghan civilians, CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.
DEVELOPING: CNN has obtained the newest satellite image of North Korea’s rocket launch preparations. CNN’s Adam Levine reports about the "specific activity" on the pad, as well as at the rocket checkout assembly facility.