Washington (CNN) - Virginia Sen. Jim Webb's announcement Wednesday that he will not seek re-election did not come as a major surprise to state Democratic insiders who always understood the former Navy Secretary to be something of a lone wolf, content to keep his political ruminations to himself.
And given that Webb sometimes seemed to radiate disdain for the political process, the reality is that Democrats might have a better shot at keeping the seat with someone else on the ticket.
Washington (CNN) - Thousands of conservative activists are descending on the nation's capital this week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a three-day political carnival of speeches, strategy sessions and after-hours networking.
With less than one year to go before the Iowa caucuses, this year's event has added significance: A bumper crop of would-be GOP presidential contenders are slated to address the conference in an effort to burnish their conservative credentials and charm the Republican base.
Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is increasingly likely to embark on a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, a source close to the Republican told CNN Friday.
“We have definitely shifted gears, there is no question about that,” the source said. “He's running until he says he's not.”
Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich outpaced his potential 2012 rivals in fundraising during the last three months of 2010 thanks to his influential 527 group "American Solutions for Winning the Future," which can solicit unlimited corporate and individual contributions.
Gingrich's K Street-based organization, which houses most of his staff and political operation, raised over $3.8 million between October and the end of December, and almost $14 million over the course of the entire year, according to new filings with the IRS.
Washington (CNN) – U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is set to make his first public appearance since announcing plans to resign from the Obama administration last week amid chatter that he might seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
UPDATE: A Huntsman adviser says the ambassador will be traveling in China next week and will not be attending the event, contrary to The Atlantic's announced lineup.
Huntsman, a former Utah governor, is slated to appear at a forum about jobs and the economy in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday alongside a clutch of government officials and foreign policy experts like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling.
Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will tap longtime GOP operative Jeff Larson to serve as chief of staff on Thursday, CNN has learned.
Larson, 52, was CEO of the Republican National Convention's host committee in 2008. The Minnesota native is a former RNC Regional Political Director and worked for former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, will travel to the early primary state of South Carolina later this month as she mulls a possible White House bid in 2012, CNN has learned.
The outspoken conservative and Tea Party favorite will address a South Carolina Federation of Republican Women lunch in Columbia on Feb. 19, Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairwoman LaDonna Ryggs told CNN Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus asked Florida legislators Wednesday not to move up the date of their state's 2012 presidential primary, and to comply with the nominating calendar agreed upon by both national parties.
Florida Republicans – who control the governor's mansion and both chambers of the legislature – are considering the move in hopes of wielding greater influence over the GOP nominating process.
Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity has invited a slate of potential Republican presidential candidates – including Sarah Palin and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint - to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire for an April summit on the topics of jobs and spending.
The forum is part of a larger evening sponsored by the conservative group to honor Ovide LaMontagne as their "Conservative of the Year."
Washington (CNN) - Much of the talk swirling around the possibility of Jon Huntsman presidential bid in 2012 has centered on whether a perceived moderate Republican can survive the conservative gauntlet of a GOP primary.
The latest round of buzz kicked up again on Monday after the Obama administration leaked word that Huntsman will resign as U.S. Ambassador to China in the next few months to pursue a presidential bid. An administration official confirmed that thinking to CNN.