(CNN) – Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna looks to help Republicans cross an important threshold while expanding their power at the top of state government nationally.
McKenna is locked in a competitive race in a state that hasn't had a Republican governor in nearly 30 years. It's just one example of how the party is leveraging trends and strengthening its hand in a number
(CNN) – Newt Gingrich has been an official presidential candidate for only a week, but the former House Speaker is already under siege from fellow Republicans over recent comments that disparaged a House GOP budget proposal and appeared to endorse some form of a health care mandate that conservatives have long derided.
"This is a big deal," said Charles Krauthammer, the conservative Washington Post columnist. "He's done. He didn't have a big chance from the beginning but now it's over."
(CNN) - Rep. Allen West, the at-times controversial congressman from Florida in his first term, will deliver the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday.
West announced the news in a tweet Wednesday: "I've been asked today to have the honor of giving the closing keynote address at CPAC Saturday. I'm humbled."
Washington (CNN) - Republican Christine O'Donnell, who lost her Delaware Senate bid, is scoffing at reports the Justice Department and FBI have launched a criminal investigation into possible misuse of campaign funds, telling CNN Thursday she only learned of the apparent probe from media inquiries.
"I find it awfully suspicious, that if there is an investigation that the [Associated Press] was tipped off before we were tipped off or our lawyer or any other officials," O'Donnell said during an interview on American Morning. "And as we've looked into it, this is simply the same CREW complaint that is obviously politically motivated that's been circulating for the past couple of months."
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3:51 a.m. ET: Washington state election officials tell CNN the results may not be resolved for several days to a week.
3:19 a.m. ET: CNN's Jessica Yellin reports that Sharron Angle called Sen. Harry Reid to concede just before she spoke to supporters.
3:07 a.m. ET: Crowd chanting "Yes we can!" at Murkowski rally in Alaska. Write-in candidate is fired up.
2:57 a.m. ET: CNN's Mary Snow reports there will be no decision in the Colorado Senate Race this morning.
2:45 a.m. ET: According to the Reid campaign, GOP candidate Sharron Angle has not called him to concede.