Updated 10/1/2013 at 1:36pm
(CNN) - The federal government shutdown is playing out immediately on the campaign trail.
In Virginia, which holds a gubernatorial election in five weeks, the campaigns of Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and businessman and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe are both trying to use the shutdown, which began at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, to their advantage.
Updated 9/24/2013 at 2:33pm
Washington (CNN) - The special Senate race in New Jersey is getting tighter, but Democratic nominee Cory Booker still leads his GOP opponent, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
And a separate poll indicates Booker has an even wider lead over former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, with less than a month to go before the October 16 special election.
(CNN) – Steve Lonegan, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, said in an interview Tuesday that ongoing chatter about rival Cory Booker's sexuality was "weird," and that he personally likes "being a guy."
The response was prompted by an interview that Booker, the mayor of Newark, gave to The Washington Post this week in which he said he wasn't bothered when people speculate whether he's straight or gay.
(CNN) - As New Jersey's Republican Senate nominee stands shoulder to shoulder with Garden State Gov. Chris Christie, a new poll indicates he trails Newark Mayor Cory Booker by double digits in October's special election.
According to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll released Tuesday, Booker leads Steve Lonegan 54%-38% among those likely to vote in New Jersey's Oct. 16 special election. The survey was conducted Thursday through Sunday, following landslide primary victories last week by both Booker and Lonegan, the former mayor of the northern New Jersey town of Bogota, in the Democratic and Republican Senate primary contests.
(CNN) - Newark Mayor Cory Booker will move on to New Jersey's special Senate election as the Democratic nominee after winning his party's primary on Tuesday.
He'll battle the GOP winner, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan, for the October 16 contest, though polls show Booker is already considered the favorite to win the seat and become the first African American elected to the Senate since Barack Obama.