May 6th, 2014
10:20 AM ET
3 months ago

Primaries will be a key test of GOP establishment-tea party battle

(CNN) - Voters in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio on Tuesday kick off five straight weeks of primary contests that could give us a clearer indication of whether establishment Republicans have the upper hand against the tea party movement for control of the party.

The results could back up recent tough talk from Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, who predicted big wins for incumbents facing primary challenges from the right, saying, "I think we are going to crush them everywhere."

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina
North Carolina tea party pushes back against establishment
Jane Bilello, chairwoman of the Asheville tea party
May 5th, 2014
07:37 PM ET
3 months ago

North Carolina tea party pushes back against establishment

Asheville, North Carolina (CNN) - On the eve of North Carolina primary balloting, the state tea party is not backing down, despite reports the Republican establishment is fighting to "humiliate" and win big.

Will the tea party be humiliated in the primaries?

"The establishment – they want to keep their turf and they look at us as a threat," Jane Bilello, chairman of the Asheville Tea Party, told CNN on Monday.

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina • Tea Party
Clay Aiken's star power put to the test in North Carolina
May 5th, 2014
02:16 PM ET
3 months ago

Clay Aiken's star power put to the test in North Carolina

(CNN) – Second place won't cut it this time.

North Carolina voters head to the polls Tuesday for the state's primary. And that means it's show time for Clay Aiken, the 2003 "American Idol" runner-up-turned Democratic congressional candidate.

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina • Renee Ellmers
GOP establishment looks nervously at North Carolina Senate primary
The Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads have stepped in with ads to prop up U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.
May 5th, 2014
09:55 AM ET
3 months ago

GOP establishment looks nervously at North Carolina Senate primary

Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN) - For a Republican establishment still spooked by the ghosts of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock - grassroots-backed conservatives who threw away winnable Senate races in recent elections with tone-deaf remarks about abortion - Tuesday can't come soon enough.

In North Carolina, Republicans are watching closely to see if Thom Tillis, the state House speaker and maybe the party's best bet to unseat endangered Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan this November, can capture 40% of the vote in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina • Senate
Chamber of Commerce ads back mainstream Republicans
April 29th, 2014
02:45 PM ET
3 months ago

Chamber of Commerce ads back mainstream Republicans

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it's launching six new television commercials this week in five states.

The ad buy, which the pro-business organization describes as "massive," is the latest volley by the group, which is one of the biggest spenders among the outside groups so far this midterm election cycle

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Filed under: 2014 • Chamber of Commerce • North Carolina • Senate • Senate Race
Can Mr. Jones stay in Washington?
April 24th, 2014
12:46 PM ET
3 months ago

Can Mr. Jones stay in Washington?

Buxton, North Carolina (CNN) - The wind is whipping up as Taylor Griffin stands on a tiny sliver of sand on Cape Hatteras on a recent afternoon, listening to a family whose entire livelihood might soon tumble into the sea. The Atlantic Ocean is just a few feet away, and high tide is coming in. These are the waves that have been steadily eroding one of the country's most storied beaches for a generation, threatening a pencil-thin stretch of barrier islands, the Outer Banks, that produce hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly tourism revenue for the state.

Carol Dawson and her son, Jeff, own several businesses here, including the Cape Hatteras Motel, an oceanfront structure propped up by wooden beams and, these days, piles of sandbags. The Dawsons complain that the federal government - mainly, the National Park Service and their congressman, Rep. Walter Jones - have abandoned them. Their beaches haven't been nourished in decades, crucial access roads have been breached by hurricanes, and endangered sea turtles are offered more protections than the 4,000 or so full-time residents of Hatteras Island.

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina
New numbers in Senate battles in key southern states
April 23rd, 2014
12:41 PM ET
3 months ago

New numbers in Senate battles in key southern states

(CNN) - New polls in four southern states that could determine whether the Democrats keep control of the Senate in this November's midterm elections indicate close contests.

And according to the New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation surveys, released Wednesday, President Barack Obama's approval ratings are in the low 30's in two of those states and hovering at or just above the 40% mark in the other two states. Republicans are trying to frame the midterm contests as a referendum on the President and on his federal health care law, better known as Obamacare.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Arkansas • Kay Hagan • Kentucky • Louisiana • Mark Pryor • Mary Landrieu • Mitch McConnell • North Carolina • Senate • Senate Race • Tom Cotton
New spots in 2014 Senate ad wars
February 12th, 2014
10:27 AM ET
5 months ago

New spots in 2014 Senate ad wars

*updated at 1:00pm

Washington (CNN) - They are two of the hottest battlegrounds in the 2014 fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

And Wednesday a leading pro-Democratic group said it's going up with TV commercials in North Carolina and Arkansas that target Republicans challenging incumbent Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan and Mark Pryor, who face tough re-elections this year.

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Filed under: 2014 • Arkansas • Jeanne Shaheen • Kay Hagan • New Hampshire • North Carolina • Sen. Mark Pryor • Senate
February 5th, 2014
07:52 AM ET
6 months ago

Clay Aiken launches bid for Congress

Updated 3:14 p.m. ET, 2/5/2014

(CNN) – He may be best known as an entertainer, but Clay Aiken says his personal story qualifies him for Congress.

"I do think that story qualifies me in the sense that I understand that we all go through issues, that we all go through struggles in life and they make us who we are and we learn from them, and for that reason I think empathy and caring for the people you represent is a really important qualification for Congress," Aiken said Wednesday in an interview on CNN's "Newsroom."
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • North Carolina
Hagan steers clear of Obama in North Carolina
January 15th, 2014
11:21 AM ET
6 months ago

Hagan steers clear of Obama in North Carolina

Updated 1:32 p.m. ET, 1/15/2014

(CNN) - In what may be a sign to come for the midterm elections, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who faces a tough re-election battle this year, stayed far away from President Barack Obama's visit to her home state on Wednesday.

And Republicans didn't let the snub go unnoticed.
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Filed under: Americans for Prosperity • Congress • Kay Hagan • North Carolina • NRSC • President Obama • RNC • Senate
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