May 14th, 2014
11:41 AM ET
2 months ago

Short-lived tea party victories?

(CNN) - They were much needed victories for the tea party movement. And major tea party and anti-establishment GOP groups were quick to celebrate.

But the wins Tuesday night by Ben Sasse in the Republican Senate primary in Nebraska and Alex Mooney in the GOP contest in West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District might be some of the last those on the right will celebrate this primary season. Anti-establishment candidates face long odds in upcoming GOP primaries.

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Filed under: 2014 • Senate • Senate Race • Tea Party • Tea Party movement
Outside groups flood Nebraska with campaign ads
May 13th, 2014
02:12 PM ET
2 months ago

Outside groups flood Nebraska with campaign ads

(CNN) - Tuesday is more than just primary day in Nebraska.

It also marks the end of a wild three-way battle for the state's GOP Senate nomination, which may bring relief to Nebraska residents who've been inundated with campaign commercials. More than $3 million has been spent to run ads in the race, with the vast majority of that spending coming from outside groups.

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Filed under: 2014 • Nebraska • Senate • Senate Race
Effort to approve Keystone collapses in Senate
May 12th, 2014
06:42 PM ET
2 months ago

Effort to approve Keystone collapses in Senate

(CNN) - A bipartisan Senate effort to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline collapsed Monday making it unlikely a politically potent vote on the project will take place before November’s midterm election.

A vote on Keystone was tied to the fate of an unrelated energy efficiency bill that has support in both parties. But that measure failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward after getting bogged down in partisan fighting over whether GOP amendments would be allowed.

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Filed under: Keystone XL • Senate
Incumbent goes up on airways again in key Senate race
May 12th, 2014
01:00 PM ET
2 months ago

Incumbent goes up on airways again in key Senate race

(CNN) – The Democratic incumbent in what's turning into a crucial Senate race that could decide which party controls the chamber the next two years goes up Monday with the second television commercial of her re-election bid.

The ad, by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, airs a month after her leading Republican challenger, former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, went up with his first paid spot.

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Filed under: 2014 • Jeanne Shaheen • Scott Brown • Senate
Poll: Democrats competitive in key southern showdowns
May 12th, 2014
11:24 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Democrats competitive in key southern showdowns

(CNN) - New polls in three southern states with crucial Senate contests this year indicate that Democrats remain very competitive as they try to keep control of the chamber.

But another new survey suggests that Republicans nationwide have a ten point advantage over Democrats when it comes to voter enthusiasm.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Arkansas • Georgia • Kentucky • Mark Pryor • Matt Bevin • Michelle Nunn • Mitch McConnell • Poll • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Race • Tom Cotton
Democrats record anti-GOP ad at GOP victory celebration
May 9th, 2014
12:50 PM ET
2 months ago

Democrats record anti-GOP ad at GOP victory celebration

Updated 2:17 p.m. ET, 5/9/2014

(CNN) - A leading pro-Democratic outside group is up with a new television commercial that attacks the GOP's new Senate nominee in North Carolina.

But the most interesting part of the ad by Senate Majority PAC is that the woman narrating the spot infiltrated Tuesday's victory celebration for the candidate, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

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Filed under: 2014 • Senate • Senate Majority PAC • Senate Race
Alligator-wrestling Louisiana Senate candidate gets Palin backing
May 8th, 2014
01:09 PM ET
3 months ago

Alligator-wrestling Louisiana Senate candidate gets Palin backing

(CNN) – Rob Maness, a GOP candidate in the Louisiana Senate race, released his first television ad showing him tying up an alligator - an act he compares to his promise to tackle "career politicians" in Washington.

The retired Air Force colonel also got an endorsement Thursday from conservative firebrand Sarah Palin - another instance this election cycle where the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee threw her support behind the non-establishment GOP candidate.

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Filed under: Louisiana • Sarah Palin • Senate
Grimes highlights helping troops in first TV ad
May 8th, 2014
09:15 AM ET
3 months ago

Grimes highlights helping troops in first TV ad

(CNN) - Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is out with the first television commercial of her Democratic challenge against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The positive 30-second spot highlights one of Grimes top achievements as secretary of state: a law she pushed for last year that makes it easier for U.S. troops overseas to vote.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate • Senate Race
First on CNN: NRSC starts showcasing Tillis narrative
May 8th, 2014
08:18 AM ET
2 months ago

First on CNN: NRSC starts showcasing Tillis narrative

Washington (CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Campaign is making an online push starting Thursday to familiarize voters in North Carolina and donors across the county with Thom Tillis, the GOP's new Senate nominee in the Tar Heel state.

The NRSC is blasting a biographical video of the North Carolina House speaker, using YouTube as platform for distribution across blogs and social networks.

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Filed under: 2014 • DSCC • North Carolina • NRSC • Senate • Senate Race
May 7th, 2014
08:04 AM ET
3 months ago

5 takeaways from election night

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Republicans avoided a major headache on Tuesday night when Thom Tillis, the North Carolina house speaker and establishment favorite, won the Republican Senate nomination outright, dodging a protracted summer runoff fight against a grassroots-backed opponent.

With an assist from big-spending outside groups, Tillis dispatched his two main primary rivals, tea party-backed Greg Brannon and the Baptist pastor Mark Harris, with relative ease, clearing the 40% mark needed to skirt a July runoff election.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • North Carolina • Senate
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