(CNN) - With less than a month to go until a high profile special election to fill a vacant congressional seat in South Carolina, things are heating up.
Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of satirist and Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, Tuesday released her first ad of the general election campaign. Her Republican opponent, former Gov. Mark Sanford, whose political career was sidetracked back in 2009 thanks to a well-publicized affair, was quick to respond and criticize Colbert Busch, and he also accepted invitations to four debates between now and the May 7 contest.
Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama begins what could be a pivotal week, with gun control, immigration reform and border security, and the budget all in the spotlight, a new national survey indicates the president's approval rating has inched above the 50% mark.
Washington (CNN) - While the vast majority of Americans support background checks on gun sales, a new national poll indicates that a plurality say that the government could use the information from such universal background checks to confiscate legally-owned guns.
According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 91% of voters across the country support universal background checks. The poll, released Thursday, is the second in two days to indicate widespread backing of the proposal, which is key component of a bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to bring up when Congress returns from a two-week recess. A Morning Joe/Marist poll released Tuesday indicated 87% support for such checks.
(CNN) – Mark Sanford is another step closer to political redemption, but the real headline out of his Tuesday victory in a Republican primary runoff for his old congressional seat was a rare public appearance by his former mistress - who's now his fiancée.
And while the former South Carolina governor is considered the favorite in next month's general election showdown with Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of satirist and Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, his past infidelity remains front and center in the race and could continue to hurt him with crucial female voters.
Jake Tapper interviews Mark Sanford Wednesday on "The Lead" - 4 p.m. ET, only on CNN.
Washington (CNN) – Bill Cassidy's strategy is simple. The congressman from Louisiana, who Wednesday officially announced his Republican challenge to Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, is tying her to President Barack Obama.
"It's going to be a tough race. I'm running against Sen. Mary Landrieu, who's been there for 18 years, and against the most powerful man in the world, Barack Obama. President Obama wants Sen. Landrieu re-elected. She supports President Obama 97% of the time, has given him a blank for his wasteful spending," says the three term federal lawmaker, who represents Louisiana's sixth congressional district, in a campaign video announcing his bid for the Senate.
(CNN) - With more than two and a half years to go until the start of the next primary and caucus calendar, there's no front-runner in the battle for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
That's the finding of a new national poll by Quinnipiac University, which also indicates that by a more than two to one margin, GOP voters would prefer a nominee with experience as a governor rather than a senator.
Washington (CNN) – They may be familiar figures in political circles, but a new survey suggests that many of the possible 2016 GOP White House contenders are not that well known among Republicans nationwide.
A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday asked Republicans across the country about their opinions of seven people considering bids for the next GOP presidential nomination. At least a quarter of those surveyed said they didn't know enough of five of the seven potential candidates to form an opinion.
Washington (CNN) – Is the clock ticking on gun control?
While support for many gun control policies remains high in the wake of the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, polls conducted over the past few weeks suggest that three-and-a-half months after the tragedy, public backing for major new gun laws overall appears to have dropped significantly.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – With a possible federal government shutdown just one week away, a new national survey indicates that Americans say such a shutdown would be bad for the country.