(CNN) – When Ohio Governor Ted Strickland takes the stage in South Port, Ohio Saturday afternoon, you might want to listen – because whether he wins his race could have a direct impact on you, even if you never plan to live in Ohio.
That's because the numbers crunchers at Election Data Services estimate that next year Ohio is going to lose two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. It's up to the Ohio state government – including the governor - to decide which two House members will go: Democrat or Republican.
Imagine if ten days from now the Republicans win control of the House, but only by a one-seat majority. Republican John Boehner becomes Speaker. But if a Democrat holds the governor's mansion in Ohio and the governor insists that when his state loses two seats both must be districts held by Republicans. That means just through redistricting in Ohio alone the Democrats could, in theory, take back control of the House. That would affect your life – everything from education policy to health care and taxes goes through the House, and which party is in control makes a big difference. It could all hinge on who gets elected governor in states far away from you.
(CNN) - The latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California has Attorney General Jerry Brown running 8 points ahead of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman among likely voters in the race to be the state's next governor, but a sizable number 16 percent remain undecided. The poll shows Brown with a 15 point lead among women and a 29 point lead among Latinos. Whitman has a one point advantage among independents with 19 percent undecided.
Brown's campaign manager Steven Glazer argues the polling demonstrates voters were unaffected by the "whore" story – when a member of Brown's staff was recorded using the word to describe Meg Whitman. And Glazer insists of the Brown campaign "we'll be more than competitive" in the final days. He says they set aside $12 million to spend in the last two weeks – to ensure Brown's message isn't drowned out by a late blitz of Whitman spending. With that money Brown plans to drop 10-15 million pieces of mail – at a cost of up to $5 million.
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Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - When President Obama flew into Columbus, Ohio, this past Sunday, party organizers turned out a crowd of 35,000 people, the largest gathering he'd addressed since his inauguration.
It was Obama's 11th trip to the state since becoming president and the only political rally to which he brought his top draw - Michelle Obama.
(CNN) – Forget Danny Devito. Attorney General Jerry Brown thinks his opponent, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, is the perfect "twin" to California's unpopular Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In his next campaign ad set to release Tuesday, Brown casts the GOP gubernatorial nominee's message as identical to the current governor. Like Whitman, Schwarzenegger ran as a non-politician who'd bring business values to the statehouse. He now has a rock bottom approval of just 23 percent according to the latest Field Poll. Brown is clearly trying to capitalize on their apparent similarities, just two weeks before the election.
The ad, which CNN obtained exclusively Tuesday morning, begins running statewide later today.
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - The debate in the nation's marquee Senate race was probably the dullest thing that happened in Las Vegas on Thursday night.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is known to get awkward and wonky, was both at times. He seemed so intent on coming off as likable that he missed openings to challenge his rival, Republican insurgent Sharron Angle.
Angle, who astonished Democrats by raising $14 million in the past quarter, was the aggressor in the debate yet unsteady at that. She often seemed confused on the facts and lost in her own answers.
(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee is committing an additional $1.8 million to Carly Fiorina's bid to unseat Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer, according to two Republican sources.
This will bring the committee to $4.8 million invested which is the total amount allowed by federal election law in a coordinated campaign. The money is being shifted from Florida, where Republican candidate Marco Rubio seems to have solidified a strong lead.
(CNN) - Carly Fiorina, the Republican Senate nominee in California, released two ads Tuesday with the same message: her Democratic opponent, three-term incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer, represents the failures in Washington and she represents change.
Each 30-second spot, intended to target independent voters starts with Californians interviewed by the campaign about the problems they see with Boxer and Washington.
(CNN) - President Obama's attacks on Karl Rove and conservative outside organizations could be firing up someone's base: Rove's.
An official with American Crossroads, the conservative third party organization Rove advises, and its affiliate, Crossroads GPS, claimed they received $30,000 in unsolicited online donations this Sunday alone. Crossroads GPS is not legally required to disclose its donors. The official says the contributions were almost all small dollar gifts over the internet accompanied by notes encouraging the group to push back on the president.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Karl Rove refuted attacks from the president and the Democratic National Committee that his group and the chamber of commerce were bending campaign finance laws. That seemed to fire up at least one contributor. A woman who identified herself as a housewife sent in $100 online and wrote, "Great pushback just now on Fox News Sunday, Mr. Rove! I'm sick of the bullying by the Dems- it has gone on too long without fighting back!"
Washington (CNN) - An official with American Crossroads, the third party group associated with Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, welcomes President Obama’s attacks on the organization insisting they’re helping to drive up contributions.
According to American Crossroads, which was founded by former presidential adviser Karl Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, it has seen healthy online contributions since the president's has called attention to it.
Accusations are flying over what Republican Senate nominee Linda McMahon meant when she said "we ought to look at those issues" in response to a question about reducing the minimum wage during a press conference last week. In an interview with CNN, Linda McMahon says she did not hear the question correctly. McMahon tells CNN, "I thought I was answering a question that I had heard that was about increasing the minimum wage - would I consider that. So let me just go on record and say this: I am not for decreasing the minimum wage. I did not say that and that is not something I would consider." When asked if she "misunderstood the question and misspoke" she replied, "yes."
This has become a point of contention between the campaigns of McMahon and Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. The Blumenthal campaign has seized on the comment, asserting in an ad launched late last week: "Now she's talking about lowering the minimum wage." McMahon fired back calling that a lie.
Read Jessica Yellin's Q & A with McMahon after the jump: