(CNN) – With the last of Mitt Romney's former presidential rivals now backing the likely presidential nominee, there is one candidate who hasn't quit the race – and doesn't foresee lending his support to Romney any time soon.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul said in an interview on CNN Wednesday that he is staying in the race to impact the party's agenda and to reconcile his differences with Romney would, at this point, be "pretty hard."
Washington (CNN) – A gaffe is when a politician is caught telling the truth, the old saying goes.
So it was in March when a hot microphone picked up President Barack Obama telling his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, that he will have "more flexibility" if he wins re-election in November.
(CNN) – This Mother's Day, the primary super PAC supporting Mitt Romney doesn't want swing voters to forget what some Democrats have said about the candidate's wife, Ann.
A new ad by Restore Our Future plays back comments critical of Romney by Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Hilary Rosen, as well as comedian Bill Maher.
(CNN) - Bragging about being bipartisan didn't help Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana, but it may be the path to re-election for fellow Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts.
The morning after Lugar, the Senate's longest serving Republican who was known as a moderate willing to work with Democrats, lost his re-nomination bid to a more conservative candidate, Brown's campaign announced they were going up with their first TV ad of the junior senator's re-election bid. The spot, titled "Independent," touts Brown's willingness to work with those across the aisle and never mentions that he's a Republican.
(CNN) – Groups on both sides of the political aisle launched new ads in Wisconsin Wednesday morning, after a Democratic challenger was picked to face incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the recall election.
The Republican Governors Association aimed their fire at Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday. The 30-second spot criticized Barrett's record as mayor, charging him with increasing taxes, government spending and unemployment, a consistent line of attack from Republican groups in the state.
(CNN) – Fresh off his Republican primary victory Tuesday, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said he doesn't anticipate successful compromise in the Senate and hopes bipartisanship will be defined as Democrats backing the Republican agenda following the 2012 elections.
"I hope to build a conservative majority so bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy and get America moving again," Mourdock said Wednesday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
(CNN) – An incarcerated 53-year-old man is beating President Barack Obama in eight West Virginia counties following the state's Democratic Presidential Primary Tuesday, according to the latest figures from the West Virginia secretary of state.
Keith Judd, who is currently serving a 210-month sentence at a correctional facility in Texarkana, Texas for extortion, is trailing the president 42.28% to 57.72% in the state based on the unofficial vote totals, but is leading in eight counties.
(CNN) – The candidates and their campaigns hit the trail Wednesday, making stops in Colorado, Oklahoma, and California.
See their full schedules after the jump.
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CNN: Lugar's parting words: Part defense, part warning
As soon as 36-year Senate veteran Richard Lugar finished his concession speech Tuesday, he walked off the stage, out the back door and into his car. But he left behind something unusual and - in the annals of politics - somewhat extraordinary. Lugar had his aides distribute a prepared statement that was part detailed defense of his ill-fated and often maligned campaign strategy, and part stark warning to both parties about the divisive state of American politics - starting with Richard Mourdock, the Republican who beat him.
CNN: North Carolina passes same-sex marriage ban, CNN projects
North Carolina voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, CNN projects, putting a ban that already existed in state law into the state's charter. With more than 1.5 million votes counted from Tuesday's referendum, supporters of the ban led opponents by a margin of 61% to 39%, according to figures from the State Board of Elections.
Indianapolis (CNN) – As soon as 36-year Senate veteran Richard Lugar finished his concession speech Tuesday, he walked off the stage, out the back door and into his car.
But he left behind something unusual and - in the annals of politics - somewhat extraordinary.
Lugar had his aides distribute a prepared statement that was part detailed defense of his ill-fated and often maligned campaign strategy, and part stark warning to both parties about the divisive state of American politics - starting with Richard Mourdock, the Republican who beat him.