Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the former GOP presidential hopeful running for re-election debuted a new TV ad Friday, but instead of targeting his opponents he focused directly on Washington attacking President Barack Obama.
"President Obama has made protecting our border incredibly difficult," the ad's narrator says. "But, Arizona has a senator with the courage and character to stand up to a president who is wrong: John McCain."
McCain's new ad highlights endorsements from Arizona sheriffs, including Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, who is a Republican candidate also up for re-election in November.
"A president versus a senator," says Babeu in the ad. "Doesn't seem like a fair fight. Unless that senator is John McCain."
Washington (CNN) - A Democratic candidate, who does not have President Obama's endorsement, is happy to borrow a signature slogan from the president's 2008 campaign: "Change."
That familiar one-word motto is the title of a new TV ad, released Thursday, from Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. The Democrat is locked in a run-off with Sen. Blanche Lincoln after neither candidate captured 50-percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.
The run-off is set for June 8.
Halter's new 30-second ad mentions the word "change" four times, an average of once every seven seconds.
(CNN) – Republicans may be on the verge of pulling off what was, until now, politically unthinkable: a GOP win in the race to fill longtime liberal lion Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat.
Tuesday's special election is now deadlocked, according to a new poll.
President Barack Obama will campaign in Massachusetts Sunday to try to help save the seat for the Democrats, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
A GOP victory in the overwhelmingly Democratic state could give Senate Republicans enough votes to block Obama's health care plan. It could also shatter assumptions about the competitiveness of politics in the progressive northeast.
No Republican has a won a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts since 1972.
(CNN) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York holds a double digit lead over a potential Democratic challenger, according to a new poll.
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee this week announced he's considering a primary challenge to Gillibrand, a former congresswoman from upstate New York who was was named a year ago to replace Sen. Hillary Clinton, who stepped down from her Senate seat after being confirmed as secretary of state. Gillibrand is running this year to serve the final two years of Clinton's term. Ford, a former five-term congressman who narrowly lost a 2006 bid for the Senate in Tennessee, now lives in New York.
A Marist College poll released Friday indicates that Gillibrand leads Ford 43 to 24 percent in a hypothetical Democratic party primary match up, with 33 percent undecided.
"Gillibrand has an early lead, but she still has a lot of ground to cover," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of Marist Institute for Public Opinion. "She's below 50 percent against Ford, and a third of Democrats is undecided. Her approval rating among Democrats statewide is only 31 percent."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's making a personal pitch for fellow Democrat Martha Coakley in next Tuesday's Senate election in Massachusetts.
The president is putting out e-mail and Web video in support of Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general, who's running in the special election to serve the final three years of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's term. The e-mail and video will be sent out Thursday to the Massachusetts distribution list of Organizing for America, the president's political arm at the Democratic National Committee.
"I am supporting Martha Coakley. As your attorney general, she's taken on Wall Street schemes, insurance company abuses, and big polluters," Obama says in the e-mail. "She'll be your voice, and my ally. And she needs your help."
At stake is the Democrats supermajority in the Senate. If Republican state Sen. Scott Brown wins, the Democrats lose their 60 seat filibuster-proof coalition in the chamber, threatening their chances of passing the health care reform bill Obama hopes to sign into law.
(CNN) – The political fistfight in Massachusetts to fill the last three years of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat is also turning into a big bucks battle.
With five days left until Bay State residents vote in Tuesday's special election, both sides are publicizing the campaign cash they've raised in the past few days.
A Wednesday on-line fundraising pitch by the late senator's widow, Vicki Kennedy, for the Democratic candidate, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, has brought in more than $600,000 as of early Thursday, according to a source close to the campaign.
The campaign of Republican candidate Scott Brown, a state senator, announced Tuesday that a fundraising pitch raised $1.3 million over a 24-hour period.
(CNN) – Democratic congressman Mark Udall has won the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado now held by retiring Republican Sen. Wayne Allard, CNN projects.
If perennially-embattled incumbent Allard hadn't retired, Udall - son of legendary Arizona politician Mo Udall - would still have held the advantage in this traditionally-Republican state. Udall's liberalism on social issues might have cost him in a typical cycle. But Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's popularity in the state, and the general anti-GOP climate, instead posed insurmountable obstacles for Republican Rep. Bob Schaffer.
Udall was painted as too liberal, and Schaffer too conservative, as both vied for the independent vote in a closely-fought contest. But as the campaign moved into the homestretch, Udall began to pull ahead - and Republicans wrote off Schaffer's chances weeks ago.
NEW YORK (CNN) - Republicans in Pennsylvania hoped to snatch two seats in the House of Representatives from Democrats on Tuesday. Not only did they fail, but the GOP wound up losing one of its own.
In District 3, Rep. Phil English lost his re-election bid to Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper.
Sixteen-term Democrat John Murtha staved off a challenge from Republican challenger William Russell in District 12, even after Murtha called his own constituents "racist" and "redneck." And Republicans eyed the District 11 seat held by Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski - and put up Republican Lou Barletta against him - but fell short.
(CNN) - CNN projects Republican Sen. Roger Wicker held on to his seat Tuesday night, winning Mississippi's special Senate election.
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's appointed successor had faced a tough fight from former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Party identification is not included on the ballot in Mississippi, so a projected surge in African-American and Democratic voters was not expected to have the same impact as it did elsewhere.