Poll: Democrats competitive in key southern showdowns
May 12th, 2014
11:24 AM ET
3 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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Democrats record anti-GOP ad at GOP victory celebration
May 9th, 2014
12:50 PM ET
3 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
3 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
GOP establishment 1, tea party 0 after North Carolina Senate primary
May 6th, 2014
11:03 PM ET
3 months ago

GOP establishment 1, tea party 0 after North Carolina Senate primary

(CNN) - In the intraparty battle for the GOP, score Round 1 for the Republican establishment over the tea party.

CNN projects that North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis has won the state's GOP Senate primary. Tillis, who was backed by many mainstream.

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Filed under: North Carolina • Republican Party • Senate
Senate vote on Keystone may not happen
May 6th, 2014
08:21 PM ET
3 months ago

Senate vote on Keystone may not happen

(CNN) - A Senate vote this week to approve the controversial Keystone pipeline- a vote that appears unlikely to pass-now may not happen at all.

The measure, a top priority for Republicans and several centrist Democrats, is entangled in partisan wrangling over a separate energy efficiency bill.

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Filed under: Keystone XL • Senate
May 6th, 2014
04:54 PM ET
3 months ago

Senator calls for U.S. special forces to rescue Nigerian girls

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Susan Collins told CNN in an interview that she wants the U.S. military to help rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria.

“More can be done by this administration. I would like to see Special Forces deployed to help rescue these young girls. Some of these girls are as young as nine years old,” said Collins.
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Filed under: Congress • Senate • Susan Collins
May 5th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
3 months ago

First on CNN: Keystone bill likely to fail in Senate

(CNN) – A congressional effort to bypass the White House and approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline appears likely to fizzle this week, CNN has learned.

The development comes after three Democratic senators, who cast their support previously for the long-delayed, cross-border pipeline, said they would vote against the legislation.

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Filed under: Keystone XL • Senate
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