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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(CNN) – Bipartisan Senate negotiators struck a deal on Thursday on a far-reaching bill to respond to the health care scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The crisis around veterans on long waiting lists to get medical appointments led to the resignation last week of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
Updated 10:58 p.m. ET, 6/3/2014
Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - It's unclear how Tuesday's GOP Senate race in Mississippi will end, but the race has no doubt been close–and ugly–in the final stretch.
With 87% of the state's precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. ET, state Sen. Chris McDaniel was narrowly ahead of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, 49.9% to 48.4%, according to numbers compiled by The Associated Press.
In Iowa, CNN projects state Sen. Joni Ernst, who garnered support from Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, will win the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat.
Tuesday is the biggest single day of primary voting this year, with eight states holding contests from coast to coast. But the two races that are grabbing the most attention are the contests in Mississippi and Iowa.
Washington (CNN) -- The Veterans Affairs scandal's been a major issue on the campaign trail the past couple of weeks. Now it's front and center in the campaign ad wars.
Crossroads GPS, the non-profit sister organization to American Crossroads, a leading pro-GOP outside group which was co-founded and steered by Karl Rove, says that starting Wednesday it will start running a television commercial in Alaska that's critical of Sen. Mark Begich over his reaction to the growing controversy, which was first reported by CNN six months ago.
Updated 3:30 p.m. ET, 5/28/2014
(CNN) - Joni Ernst doesn't have to take sides in the battle between the Republican establishment and the tea party movement.
It seems she's got the backing of both sides.