Cruz wants investigation of Cochran-McDaniel runoff results
July 8th, 2014
09:52 AM ET
2 months ago

Cruz wants investigation of Cochran-McDaniel runoff results

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is calling for an investigation into the bitter and divisive Mississippi Republican Senate primary contest.

"What happened in Mississippi was appalling," the freshman Republican senator from Texas – a rock star among tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives – said Monday.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris McDaniel • Mississippi • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Race • Ted Cruz • Thad Cochran
Poll: Voters split over control House and Senate
July 8th, 2014
08:37 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Voters split over control House and Senate

Washington (CNN) - American voters are divided on whether they want the GOP to win control of the Senate in November's elections, according to a new national poll.

And a Quinnipiac University survey also indicates the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination remains a free-for-all among the potential contenders, while Hillary Clinton, if she runs for the White House again, would be the prohibitive frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Congress • Hillary Clinton • House • Senate
Reality TV star and convicted felon to make Senate bid in South Carolina
July 4th, 2014
12:27 PM ET
2 months ago

Reality TV star and convicted felon to make Senate bid in South Carolina

(CNN) – This year's U.S. Senate race in South Carolina might be getting a lot more interesting.

Thomas Ravenel – a reality TV star and former Republican state treasurer who was forced to resign from office after being indicted on federal drug charges – announced Friday that he would run as an independent candidate against GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Filed under: 2014 • Lindsey Graham • Senate • South Carolina
July 2nd, 2014
10:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Mitt Romney back in a familiar spot

(CNN) - When former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts began to seriously think about launching a campaign for the Senate in neighboring New Hampshire, "one of the first calls he made to talk about running was to Gov. Mitt Romney," a close adviser to Brown tells CNN.

Wednesday, the two men talked again, as the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee officially endorsed Brown, the frontrunner among the Republican candidates hoping to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire this November.

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Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Scott Brown • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Race
June 24th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
2 months ago

Final chapter underway in nation's ugliest primary

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - Lifelong Democrat Jackie Bland is doing something she never thought she'd do: Urge people to vote for a Republican.

Bland supports Thad Cochran, a six-term Mississippi senator who's trying to fend off a fierce tea party challenge to his seat from Chris McDaniel as voting got underway in Tuesday's primary runoff.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris McDaniel • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
Brett Favre turns out for Thad Cochran in new ad
June 19th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
2 months ago

Brett Favre turns out for Thad Cochran in new ad

(CNN) – The Chamber of Commerce has turned to a big gun as it tries to help Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi across the goal line in next Tuesday's primary runoff.

Mississippi native and retired NFL star Brett Favre, who was named MVP and led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl win in 1997, stars in the Chamber's new spot lauding Cochran and his efforts to help the state.

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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Chamber of Commerce • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
Tight race and unusual gender gap in Iowa Senate battle
June 18th, 2014
08:32 AM ET
2 months ago

Tight race and unusual gender gap in Iowa Senate battle

(CNN) - It's pretty much all tied up in a crucial Senate contest that could decide whether the Republicans take control of the chamber in November's midterm elections, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey of Iowa voters released Wednesday indicates Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley with a slight 44%-40% edge over GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst in the battle to succeed longtime Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring at the end of the year. If the Republicans can flip Harkin's seat and five other Democratic held seats, they would win control of the Senate.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bruce Braley • Iowa • Joni Ernst • Senate • Senate Race
First on CNN: Chamber mounting new effort for embattled Cochran
June 13th, 2014
01:34 PM ET
3 months ago

First on CNN: Chamber mounting new effort for embattled Cochran

Washington (CNN) - As the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff contest is about to enter into its final week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to go up with a new television ad for embattled incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, CNN has learned.

Cochran is squaring off against tea party favorite Chris McDaniel, a state senator, in a June 24th runoff.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Race • Thad Cochran
Senate approves VA reform bill
June 11th, 2014
05:58 PM ET
3 months ago

Senate approves VA reform bill

Washington (CNN) – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved broad reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs less than two weeks after a health care scandal led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

The vote was 93 to 3.

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Filed under: Senate • Veterans Affairs
June 5th, 2014
05:53 PM ET
3 months ago

CNN exclusive: Doctor in Senate says Bergdahl was drugged in video

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, who is a also a physician, told CNN he is convinced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was drugged in the so-called "proof of life" video shown to senators during a closed briefing Wednesday.

When news broke of Bergdahl's release in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, administration officials cited Bergdahl's health as a driving factor in the decision to make the deal and get him home.

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Filed under: Senate • Tom Coburn
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