(CNN) - In the final days before Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election, polls showed incumbent Gov. Scott Walker with a thin edge over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, which begs the question: Could there be a recount?
While recounts are permitted in the Badger State, there is no mandatory recount triggered by a close vote margin, as they have in Florida and other states.
Candidates running for any office may request a recount of their contest. The state will pay for the recount if the margin is less than 0.5% of the total vote. If the margin is greater than that, the candidate may still request the recount but is then responsible to pay for it.
(CNN) - Voters in five states will head to the polls on Tuesday after a three-week lull in the Republican presidential primary season, a time in which Mitt Romney essentially secured his party's nomination.
Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island will hold primaries, with a total of 204 delegates at stake.
Here's a glimpse of the nuts and bolts for Tuesday's contests.
Washington (CNN) – As the four remaining Republican presidential candidates battle for delegates in Tuesday night's primaries, the man they hope to unseat in November – President Barack Obama – will quietly clinch his party's nomination for a second term as the polls close in Maryland and the District of Columbia at 8:00 p.m.
Like his Republican counterparts, President Obama has been competing in primaries and caucuses this year and picking up delegates along the way. Unlike the Republicans, Obama faces no serious opposition in his quest for renomination.
(CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney won the Northern Mariana Islands caucuses early Saturday, picking up nine delegates as well as his second victory of the weekend in a distant U.S. territory located on the other side of the International Date Line.
The former Massachusetts governor garnered 87% of the vote in a non-binding presidential preference poll conducted at the caucuses. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was a distant second with 6%, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul who each received 3%.
(CNN) - Super PACs have spent $35.4 million on the 2012 presidential race, according to federal campaign disclosures, including $11.4 million on last Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary and $6.4 million on next week's contest in Florida.
More than half of the spending by these political organizations has focused on the ongoing war of words between supporters of leading GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Restore Our Future, a group supporting Romney, has spent $11.7 million, compared to $7.7 million for Winning Our Future, a group that supports Gingrich.
(CNN) – Super PACs, the vehicle of choice for outside group spending in the 2012 presidential election, so far have spent at least $6 million on the upcoming South Carolina Republican presidential primary and more than $26 million overall in an effort to influence the outcome of the race for the White House, according to federal campaign records.
So-called super PACs, which were created following a pair of federal court decisions in 2010, are permitted to receive unlimited campaign contributions from corporations, labor unions, and wealthy individual donors. Traditional federal political action committees and candidate campaign committees may only receive limited contributions from individuals, political parties, and other political action committees. Under federal law, candidates and super PACs are not permitted to coordinate campaign activity.
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(CNN) - As he plots his strategy to win the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney might pick up a few helpful tips from an unlikely source: fellow former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee.
Dukakis recounts his triumphs and travails as a White House hopeful 24 years ago in an essay for a new book, "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012" (published by Rowman & Littlefield), and though he doesn't mention Romney by name, he details the pros and cons of campaigning in New Hampshire as a native of neighboring Massachusetts.