(CNN) – Longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch will win the GOP primary in Utah, CNN projected Tuesday, though his bid for a seventh term in office has not gone without a fight.
Underdog Dan Liljenquist, 37, a former state senator, waged a spirited attempt to unseat the longtime senator, hoping to emulate the tea party-fueled ouster of incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett in 2010.
(CNN) - CNN projected Tuesday Mitt Romney will win the Utah Republican presidential primary. Tuesday's vote in Utah was the last Republican presidential primary for 2012.
(CNN) - The top Senate leaders from each party Tuesday indicated they had reached an agreement to extend a rate cut on student loans but were waiting to hear whether House Republicans would accept the deal.
House GOP leaders are expected to discuss the issue with their members at a meeting Wednesday morning.
Washington (CNN) - An offer from the Obama administration to show Congressional investigators some documents related to the failed "Fast and Furious" sting operation was rejected Tuesday, sources from both sides say.
The last-ditch offer was a joint effort between the Justice Department and the White House and made to senior aides to House Speaker John Boehner and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama holds a slight advantage over his Republican rival Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Tuesday, though Americans' views on the economy continue to put a damper on the president's bid for a second term in the White House.
Overall, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Obama edging Romney nationally, with 47% of registered voters saying they back the incumbent Democrat and 44% backing his Republican rival. The 3-point margin was within the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) - One of President Barack Obama's biggest supporters will not be attending this summer's Democratic National Convention.
Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters Tuesday that she has never gone to conventions when she's had contested elections, and that the Washington press reaction to the news is "silly." Earlier Tuesday an aide to McCaskill confirmed to CNN that the senator will not go to the convention, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina during the first week of September.
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney spent the presidential primary campaign trying to convince conservatives of his right-wing credibility on immigration issues.
He labeled rivals Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry as soft on illegal immigrants for suggesting some leniency for specific categories, such as students or long-time community members. He rejected the DREAM Act that would provide a pathway to citizenship for some young illegal immigrants. He called part of Arizona's controversial immigration law a model for the rest of the country.
Washington (CNN) – The number two Democrat in the House signaled on Tuesday that some Democrats could join with Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress later this week, citing pressure from the National Rifle Association.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee approved a resolution last week holding Holder in contempt for failing to release documents related to the committee's investigation of the failed gun trafficking operation known as "Fast and Furious." The full House is scheduled to vote on the measure Thursday.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING… ANOTHER RSVP READS “NO THANK YOU”: Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, key ally to Barack Obama and one of the first U.S. Senators to endorse him in January 2008, will not attend the Democratic National Convention this summer, becoming the latest in her party to do so. McCaskill was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and faces a tough re-election fight in November. “Generally speaking, Claire has not gone to the National Convention when she is on the ballot because she believes it's important to spend as much time as possible in the state of Missouri talking with voters,” an aide to the first-term Democrat told CNN’s Paul Steinhauser.
OBAMA: 'I HAVE KEPT THAT PROMISE'… At a campaign event in Atlanta, President Barack Obama offered some explanations for a politically tough first three-and-a-half years: “We’ll see some cynicism and negativism and foolishness during the course of this campaign. [Laughter] This campaign will have its ups and it will have its downs. But I’ll remind you what I said in 2008: I am not a perfect man, and I will never be a perfect president. But I told you I would always tell you what I thought. I would always tell you what I believed and, most importantly, I told you I would wake up every single day and fight as hard as I knew how for you. [Applause] I’d fight as hard as I knew how for all those folks who are doing the right thing out there. All those people who kept the faith with this country. And you know what – I have kept that promise. I have kept that promise. I believe in you. I hope you still believe in me. [Cheers]”
Atlanta (CNN) – President Barack Obama spoke to an excited crowd in Atlanta Tuesday, defending his Affordable Care Act on the eve of the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of the law.
Speaking at a fundraising reception at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel, Obama told supporters "the American people understand we're not going to make progress by going backwards. We need to go forward. They understand we don't need to re-fight this battle over healthcare. It's the right thing to do."