(CNN) - Republican Rep. Joe Walsh on Thursday became the latest politician to announce he's skipping his party's convention, saying he would instead focus on holding campaign events in his Illinois district.
In a statement, Walsh said his decision reflected his status as a political outsider.
(CNN) – Actor Morgan Freeman, currently starring in the latest installment of the Batman franchise, donated $1 million last month to the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, the group's filings with the Federal Election Commission will show on Friday.
In a statement, Freeman listed the accomplishments he said spurred his donation to Priorities USA Action.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's single digit lead over Mitt Romney in the crucial battleground state of Virginia has disappeared, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University survey indicated Virginians split 44%-44% for the two presidential candidates. The race has tightened since March, when Obama led Romney 50%-42%, and the beginning of June, when Obama was ahead 47%-42%.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads south Thursday for the first day of a two-day swing through Florida. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney heads in the opposite direction - north to Boston, where he'll attend meetings at his campaign headquarters.
See the full schedule after the jump.
(CNN) – Amid a recent scandal embroiling Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, a new poll released Wednesday night shows a majority of residents believe the mayor should resign.
Fifty-four percent say Gray should step down, while 37% disagree, and 9% have no opinion, according to the Washington Post survey.
Cleveland (CNN) – In the future, the Democratic National Committee will no longer use the Romney's Olympic-bound dressage horse to portray Mitt Romney as "dancing around the issues" because it could be seen as offensive to the GOP candidate's wife Ann.
Nearly 17 hours after they promoted a video linking the GOP presidential candidate's unwillingness to release years of tax returns to Rafalca, the dancing show horse co-owned by Mrs. Romney attending this summer's London Olympics, Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said the DNC will no longer "invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation."
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CNN: Poll: Presidential race in dead heat
A new poll released Wednesday indicates the presidential race is still locked up between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, less than four months before Election Day. According to a new CBS News/New York Times survey, Romney holds a slight edge over Obama, 47% to 46%. The margin falls well within the sampling error.
CNN: Washington state to become first to offer voter registration on Facebook
Washington will become the first state to offer voter registration via Facebook with a new application to be launched as soon as next week, according to a state election official. Once online, the app will be accessible on the secretary of state's Facebook page, said Shane Hamlin, co-director of elections for the state.