(CNN) – Vice President Biden will be making his fourth trip to Ohio in the past six weeks, as the White House tries to bolster the re-election bid of Gov. Ted Strickland.
Strickland campaign communications director Lis Smith confirmed Biden will hit the Youngstown area on Monday for two stops and a fundraiser.
Washington (CNN) – The chairman of the Delaware Republican Party is promising hard work for Christine O'Donnell's Senate campaign, only his statement never mentioned her by name.
Tom Ross was a harsh and frequent critic of O'Donnell's tea party-backed campaign in the Republican primary, going so far as to say she "could not be elected dogcatcher" who couldn't win in November.
But after O'Donnell's upset win, Ross put out a carefully worded statement Thursday morning say he has assured the national party leaders all candidates will "have as much support as possible'.
"The Delaware Republican Party plans on doing what it does every election year – working hard for our candidate," he said.
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Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she'll decide by Friday whether to try an admittedly "difficult" write-in candidacy this fall to keep her seat. Murkowski was defeated in last month's Republican primary by once longshot Joe Miller, who enjoyed the backing and support of Tea Party activists and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Murkowski confirmed in a written statement Tuesday that she will not seek a spot as the Libertarian Party candidate for Senate. The party's nominee said this week he would not step aside following a meeting with her.
In her statement, Murkowski said, "I cannot in good conscience seek the Libertarian nomination" despite advisors and friends urging her to "find a way to get my name printed on a ballot at all costs."
"As disappointed as I am in the outcome of the primary and my belief that the Alaska Republican Party was hijacked by the Tea Party Express, an outside extremist group, I am not going to quit my party. I will not wrap myself in the flag of another political party for the sake of an election at any cost."
Washington (CNN) - President Obama and Vice President Biden are both returning to Ohio next week, the fourth White House visit to the politically crucial state in less than a month.
The White House said Thursday that President Obama will make remarks on the economy in Cleveland next Wednesday. Two days earlier, Vice President Biden will be in Toledo for Labor Day events.
Obama will bring the economic message to a state with an unemployment rate of 10.3 percent in July.
The trip will mark the president's 10th trip to Ohio since taking office. He joked during a June visit to Columbus that "(Gov. Ted) Strickland said I've been in Ohio so much he might start charging me for it."
But Strickland is a key reason Ohio is getting so much attention from the White House in the weeks ahead of the midterm election. The Democratic governor is in a close re-election battle with former Rep. John Kasich, the Republican nominee, and both Obama and Biden helped raise money for Strickland last month.
(CNN) - President Obama dismissed on Sunday the results of recent polls that show a significant portion of the population have doubts about his citizenship and believe he is a Muslim.
In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams on Sunday, Obama said "the facts are the facts, right?" But said "there is a mechanism, a network of misinformation that in a new media era can get churned out there constantly."
"I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead," the president added.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released August 4th showed more than a quarter of the public have doubts about Obama's citizenship, with 11 percent saying Obama was definitely not born in the United States and another 16 percent saying the president was probably not born in the country.
(CNN) – West Virginia Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin and Republican businessman John Raese ran to easy victories Saturday in a special West Virginia primary for the U.S. Senate.
They will compete this fall to replace the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who died in late June.
On the Democratic side, numbers from the Associated Press showed Manchin holding a 73% to 17% lead over 95-year-old Ken Hechler in the primary, with more than 70 percent of precincts counted. Hechler was a four-term secretary of state and represented West Virginia in the U.S. House from 1959 to 1977.
Manchin spoke to reporters in Charleston shortly after the race was projected, telling them, "I don't think anyone can replace Robert C. Byrd, nor should they try." But he said he would try to follow in Byrd's footsteps if he won in November, calling that a "tough task right there."
(CNN) - Republican Sen. David Vitter and Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon easily coasted to victory Saturday in the Louisiana Senate primary, setting up a November race between the conservative senator and the Blue Dog Democrat congressman.
Vitter, in his first appearance on the ballot since a 2007 scandal, overwhelmed two Republican challengers.
The Associated Press showed Vitter winning 87 percent of the vote, 80 points ahead of his nearest opponent, former State Supreme Court justice Chet Traylor.
(CNN) - Primary voters are set to head to the polls this weekend, this time in Louisiana and West Virginia.
In Louisiana, GOP Sen. David Vitter is expected to easily overcome a primary challenge Saturday in his first appearance on the ballot since a 2007 prostitution scandal.
In West Virginia, voters are choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees for a November special election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democrat.
Vitter is being opposed in the Republican primary by former state Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor and Nick Accardo. Tulane University political science professor Brian Box said after Traylor's last-minute entry into the race, "it seemed like it could be an interesting primary."
(CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski vowed Wednesday "it ain't over yet," as she pinned her hopes for a comeback in the Alaska Republican primary on thousands of absentee votes still to be counted.
In a political stunner, Murkowski finds herself trailing little known challenger Joe Miller for the GOP nomination by nearly 1500 votes, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. But the results aren't final, with absentee and mail-in votes still out.
Recounting Alaska's recent history of close elections, she told reporters in Anchorage "we know for a fact it ain't over until it's over. There's much, much more to be counted."