Roanoke, Virginia (CNN) - Mitt Romney effectively ended a two-day truce on the campaign trail Thursday, picking up again his attacks on the president after two days of less partisan rhetoric in the wake of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.
At his first stop on a three-rally swing through Virginia, the GOP presidential nominee launched into a new criticism of Barack Obama, knocking the president's idea of streamlining his cabinet by installing a "Secretary of Business" who could handle a variety of tasks currently handled by different departments.
(CNN) – Democrats hold the edge in three races for U.S. Senate, according to polls released Wednesday of likely voters in Ohio, Florida and Virginia.
Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida leads his GOP rival Rep. Connie Mack among likely voters, 52%-39%, according to the CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac poll. In Ohio, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is ahead of the Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel, 51%-42%. And in a close race in Virginia, former Gov. Tim Kaine, the Democrat, holds a four point edge (50%-46%) over Republican competitor George Allen, another former governor who served in the U.S. Senate from 2001-2007.
(CNN) - With six days to go until the presidential election, new polls in arguably the three most important battleground states indicate President Barack Obama with a small advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Ohio, and the race basically deadlocked in Florida and Virginia.
According to a CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, the president holds a 50%-45% edge among likely voters in Ohio. Obama's five point advantage is within the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) – After canceling absentee voting in nine counties on Monday and Tuesday due to the impact of Superstorm Sandy, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday asked localities hurt by the storm to extend their absentee voting hours.
The absentee period is scheduled to end on Saturday, but the governor urged voters to check with local general registrar offices to find out how the hours have changed in their respective areas.
(CNN) – After canceling events in Virginia before and after a major storm swept through the region, GOP nominee Mitt Romney will return to the commonwealth Thursday for a campaign rally in Doswell, north of Richmond.
An invitation to the event said it would start at 1:45 p.m.
(CNN) – The tight race for U.S. Senate in Virginia continued Monday, despite the historic storm bearing down on the state.
Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate, held an event in Stanardsville, north of Charlottesville in the western part of the commonwealth. His afternoon events, slated for Culpeper and Fauquier Counties, were all canceled, as his campaign said events scheduled for Tuesday would also be scrubbed as the storm blows through.
Washington (CNN) – Ten of the 95 counties in Virginia have cancelled in-person absentee voting for Monday, according to the State Board of Elections.
The voting has not been cancelled state-wide. The counties include Virginia Beach, Suffolk County near Norfolk and several in the greater Washington metropolitan area: Fairfax and Loudoun. Decisions are being made on a daily basis.
EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here is a report from John Avlon, CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. It's his take on a student town hall held in Lexington, Virginia.
(CNN) - The Battleground State Bus Tour rolled into Lexington, Virginia, and sat down with twenty college students at Washington & Lee University to talk about the election.
The economy is still the number one issue for these students, but surprisingly it isn't just about finding a job after graduation. The vast majority of students in this center-right group cared most about the generational theft of the deficit and the debt.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama has an advantage in the battleground state of Virginia, a new poll released Saturday shows.
Likely voters in the Old Dominion State split 51% for Obama to 47% for GOP challenger Mitt Romney in the Washington Post poll out Saturday. Obama's advantage is just outside the poll's 3.5 point sampling error.
Lynchburg, Virginia (CNN) – It was a simple swap of an "i" with an "o." And yet, a fresh gaffe from Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday caused the Romney campaign to essentially accuse him of being absent-minded and invited snickers from the Twitter-sphere.
It happened at a campaign rally in Lynchburg.