Las Vegas, Nevada 8:43 p.m. – Sharron Angle wants to be the next U.S. senator from Nevada, but it sure is hard to hear her speak. Her campaign told CNN she would be holding one public event this week – a speech at a health care conference Tuesday – then cancelled the night before the event. Todd Lefkowitz, an organizer with the group, says, "We were disappointed but understand something obviously more important came up in her schedule." They replaced Angle with an anesthesiologist.
Hartford, Connecticut 9:08 a.m. - Maybe the third time's a charm for Connecticut Democratic senatorial nominee Richard Blumenthal who has had a hard time offering a clear answer about government's role creating jobs.
When his opponent Linda McMahon asked him in a debate Monday night "how do you create a job," he offered a meandering reply explaining jobs can be created "in a variety of ways by a variety of people." He went on assert government can help preserve jobs by providing more capital to small businesses, tax policies that promote job creation and intervention by government to help promote American-made products.
It was so close and yet so far for Connecticut's two Senate candidates. About a mile and a few hours separated Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican Linda McMahon Wednesday as they both campaigned in Waterbury.
Blumenthal stopped for some lunch and glad-handing at City Hall Cafe. The candidates could easily have crossed paths, as McMahon has frequently visited City Hall during campaign stops. Not today, though. They will see each other soon enough as they face off in their second debate Thursday morning.
Around the same time, McMahon was touring small businesses. Later, she went to New Opportunities, which provides weatherization and energy assistance, housing and shelter services and programs for the elderly.
Where is Christine O'Donnell?
Some local reporters that I've spoke to here in Delaware claim that the Republican Senate nominee has largely avoided the local media. O'Donnell has publicly stated she would avoid contact with the national press.
So we set out to find the candidate. Or, at least, information on her public campaign schedule.
(CNN) - After spending time yesterday with the Democratic Governor Joe Manchin at a parade in Milton, West Virginia, we drove to Morgantown to see his GOP opponent in this suddenly tight race for Senate.
John Raese is a wealthy businessman who has run, and lost, three statewide races here. But in an interview at his campaign headquarters, Raese said he thinks this time will be different because voters are more open to his anti-government views.
Charleston, WV (CNN) – At a diner in Charleston and a parade in Milton, I heard something repeatedly from West Virginia voters that you almost never hear about any politician these days: they love their governor, Joe Manchin.
Both Democratic and Republican voters said they think Manchin has done a great job for this state. They note that he's lowered the state's deficit, showed compassion for the state's coal miners, and fought for the coal industry.
What I heard most about Manchin was that he's "for the people."
CHICAGO (CNN) - Rahm Emanuel hopes to wield the legendary power that comes with being mayor of this city, but for now he can't even get his house back from a tenant.
I just rolled up to Emanuel's house on the North Side of the city to meet his tenant, Robert Halpin, who doesn't seem too happy about all of the media attention surrounding his landlord's expected departure from the White House as early as Friday.
According the Chicago Sun-Times, Halpin signed a one-year lease to rent Emanuel's house during the early part of the Obama administration because the White House chief of staff moved his family to Washington.
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11:01 p.m. - It's been a long time since I parachuted in to watch an election night event at the headquarters of a famous politician under a cloud.
But it all came back to me in Harlem where New York Rep. Charlie Rangel was asking voters to send him on to compete for a 21st term in the Congress as a Democrat even though he was facing 13 ethics charges back in Washington.
A handful of big names in the Democratic establishment turned out including Gov. David Patterson and former NY mayor David Dinkins. What ethics charges? They talked about all Rangel has done for New York.
What does it take to decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate? Maybe fewer than 55,000 Delaware votes.
That's what worries top Republican party officials. Here's the logic. Party big wigs in Delaware and nationwide believe that Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell cannot win a general election in November. They're convinced that if she gets the Republican nomination today, Democrats will hold the Delaware Senate seat in November. And top Democrats and Republicans agree this seat could keep the US Senate in Democratic hands.
As for the numbers: there are 182,796 registered Republicans in Delaware. In a hotly contested primary in 2008 the state saw a high 28% turnout. This race has garnered a lot of media attention so even if the turnout is 30% that's 54,838 voters. My producer points out: that's about the number of people who attend a college football game. So following that logic, a stadium size group of voters today could potentially determine who controls the US Senate in November.
11:45 a.m. - District of Columbia mayoral candidate Vincent Gray tells CNN creating jobs in struggling African American neighborhoods is his top priority if he wins.
Gray says what he describes as Mayor Adrian Fenty's "apology tour" seems more a tactic than genuine contrition.
Also, should he win Tuesday's Democratic primary, Gray, the current city council chairman, promises a quick sit down with Schools Chancellor and Fenty ally Michelle Rhee to see if they can agree on her staying on.
Still, Gray stresses school reform is "not about one person." Gray didn't say so, but sources close to him tell CNN top Gray allies already working on Rhee outreach plan with hopes of getting her to stay on should Gray win.
CNN interviewed Gray and Fenty separately as they visited polling stations in the District of Columbia Tuesday morning.