(CNN) –Ben Sasse, a tea party favorite, has emerged Tuesday as the winner in a crowded GOP primary battle for a U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska.
Sasse will be considered the favorite over Democratic trial attorney David Domina in the heavily Republican state's November general election. The winner of that race will succeed retiring GOP Sen. Mike Johanns.
Nebraska gubernatorial race: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the head of the Republican Governors Association, issued a statement Wednesday congratulating Pete Ricketts on his win for the Cornhusker state's Republican gubernatorial primary, beating out six other candidates.
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(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he takes fellow Republican Jeb Bush “at his word” that he hasn’t yet made a decision whether to seek the presidency, and says it would be hard to run against him because of their good relationship.
Appearing on his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio program on New Jersey 101.5 on Tuesday, Christie said that it would be stressful if he and the former Florida governor were in the race at the same time for the 2016 GOP nomination.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wouldn't say Tuesday whether he'd sign a bill moving through the state legislature that would toughen the state's gun laws.
He was asked by a caller to his monthly "Ask the Governor" program on New Jersey 101.5 about his stance on the measure proposing to reduce the capacity of ammunition magazines that gun owners are permitted to carry.
(CNN) - Crossfire co-host Newt Gingrich took aim at Republican elites, opening Tuesday's show by criticizing Karl Rove for his recent comments questioning Hillary Clinton's health.
"I do believe that Karl Rove was totally wrong," the former speaker of the House said in response to a report that Rove, a powerful Republican strategist, suggested the former secretary of state suffers from a brain injury stemming from a 2012 health scare.
"I think he represented the worst instincts of the consulting class in the Republican Party," Gingrich said.
Washington (CNN) – Senate Democrats pushed back en masse against one of President Barack Obama’s federal court nominees on Wednesday, questioning Michael Boggs of Georgia about his past statements and beliefs about abortion, gay marriage and the Confederate flag.
Boggs is now a Georgia Court of Appeals judge, but his Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing focused on votes and statements from when he served as a conservative Democrat in the George state legislature, from 2000-2004.
(CNN) – Longtime Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, will not appear on the state's August 5 primary ballot, a local county clerk said Tuesday.
Conyers, who's held the seat for nearly five decades, did not have enough signatures on his nominating petition for his name to appear on the ballot, though he can still run as write-in candidate.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for May 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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ROVE WALKS BACK CLINTON 'BRAIN INJURY' SUGGESTION AFTER COMMENTS ATTACKED … Karl Rove is walking back his comments suggesting that Hillary Clinton suffers from a brain injury, telling Fox News Tuesday, "No, no. I didn't say she had brain damage. She had a serious health episode … My point was that Hillary Clinton wants to run for president, but she would not be human if this didn't enter in as a consideration. My other point is this will be an issue in the 2016 race whether she likes it or not. Every presidential candidate is asked for their health records.”
The New York Post’s Page Six gossip column reported Tuesday that Rove, the mastermind behind George W. Bush's two presidential election victories, said at a conference last week that Clinton spent “thirty days in the hospital” in December 2012 after suffering from a blood clot, and that “when she reappears, she's wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what's up with that." The Post also reported that Rove repeated the claim to the audience a number of times.
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's chief spokesman said Tuesday that he had no part in controversial lane closures to the George Washington Bridge last year, the core of a political scandal that has upended the Republican's administration.
"I had no knowledge or involvement in the planning or execution of this strange, unnecessary and idiotic episode," Michael Drewniak said in his subpoenaed testimony before a legislative committee investigating the controversy that has also clouded Christie's potential presidential run.
(CNN) - Tuesday is more than just primary day in Nebraska.
It also marks the end of a wild three-way battle for the state's GOP Senate nomination, which may bring relief to Nebraska residents who've been inundated with campaign commercials. More than $3 million has been spent to run ads in the race, with the vast majority of that spending coming from outside groups.
(CNN) - County results certified Tuesday show “American Idol” star Clay Aiken as the winner of a Democratic congressional primary in North Carolina by fewer than 400 votes, one day after his chief opponent died suddenly.
The results from the May 6 vote were certified by the counties showing that he won the 2nd Congressional District contest over Keith Crisco and a third candidate.