September 2nd, 2010
08:04 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Dems go on the offense in Washington 8th

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 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's note: In the 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

State: Washington 8th – Rep. Dave Reichert (R) is seeking a fourth term.

Date of primary: August 17, 2010
Location: Eastern metropolitan Seattle
Days until Election Day: 61

(CNN) – Although much of the discussion of the 2010 midterms has focused thus far on vulnerable House Democrats in competitive or GOP-leaning districts, there are a handful of districts represented by Republicans where national Democrats hope to play some offense. One such Republican incumbent whom Democrats are targeting this year is Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington State.

Now seeking his fourth term, Reichert is one of a handful of Republicans representing a district that Democrats John Kerry and Barack Obama carried in 2004 and 2008. He was first elected in 2004 after serving 32 years in the King County sheriff's office, the last seven as sheriff. He defeated Democratic nominee Dave Ross, a radio talk show host, 52 percent to 47 percent. As a freshman and sophomore member, he became a top Democratic target in 2006 and 2008, when he twice faced-off against former Microsoft executive Darcy Burner. Both contests were close, but Reichert prevailed in the end. He won 51 percent to 49 percent in 2006 and slightly improved his showing in 2008, winning 53 percent to 47 percent for Burner.

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August 20th, 2010
08:50 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Can Ike Skelton buck the trends yet again?

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

State: Missouri 4th – Rep. Ike Skelton (D) is seeking an 18th term.
Date of primary: August 3, 2010
Location: West central Missouri
Days until Election Day: 74

Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is seeking his 18th term in office. The 78-year-old congressman has held the seat for decades despite national trends, but can he win in a year when anti-incumbency fervor is high and a president he has supported is increasingly unpopular?

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August 19th, 2010
07:30 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Boucher seeks 15th term in Virginia

 The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.
The CNN 100 takes a look at the top 100 House races, from now until Election Day.

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

State: Virginia 9th - Rep. Rick Boucher (D) is seeking a 15th term.
Date of Primary: June 8
Location: Southwestern Virginia
Days until Election Day: 75

Democrat Rick Boucher, who has represented Virginia's 9th District for 28 years, is seeking his 15th term in office. And his prospects may depend on whether he can overcome the unpopularity of President Obama in his district.

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November 4th, 2008
05:16 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Tuesday Nov. 4th, 2008

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(CNN) –- After months of rallies, speeches, diner visits and rope lines, the presidential campaign trail comes to an end Tuesday.

The candidates will cast their ballots, hold a few final events to meet voters on Election Day, and then await the outcome in nominees’ hometowns.

John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, will cast his ballot in Phoenix, Arizona. His schedule then places him in Grand Junction, Colorado, for a rally and an event in nearby Albuquerque, New Mexico.

President Bush won Colorado and New Mexico four years ago, but recent polls have shown Obama with an advantage there.

Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s running mate, will vote in Wasilla, Alaska, and then make her way to Arizona for the Republican Election Night party.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama plans on voting in Chicago, Illinois. He is then scheduled to visit Indianapolis, Indiana for an event.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Indiana showed a tight race. McCain led Obama by 1-point, 47 percent to 46 percent. The polls were conducted October 26 through November 2.

Obama will return to Chicago for Election Night festivities.

Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, is expected to meet voters in Virginia on Tuesday.

A recent CNN Poll of Polls in Virginia showed Obama leading McCain by 5-points, 50 percent to 45 percent. The polls were conducted October 26 through November 2.


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November 3rd, 2008
05:04 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Monday Nov. 3rd, 2008

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(CNN) - It's almost over. The presidential contenders have just a few hours to stump for votes before polls open and one of the longest, most expensive and exciting presidential campaigns in recent memory draws to close.

Trailing in most national polls and at an apparent disadvantage in many battleground states, Republican presidential nominee John McCain has a punishing schedule Monday. Campaign events are scheduled in seven states.

McCain begins the day meeting voters in Tampa, Florida. He then attends rallies in Blountville, Tennessee; Moon Township, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Indiana; Roswell, New Mexico; and Henderson, Nevada. He ends the day in Prescott, Arizona.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, has a busy day ahead of her as well. She is scheduled to attend rallies in five states: Lakewood, Ohio; Jefferson City, Missouri; Dubuque, Iowa; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Reno and Elko, Nevada.

Following the Nevada rally, Palin is expected to fly to Alaska, where she will cast her ballot on Tuesday morning.

See a map of candidate visits

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama will hold events in three states. He begins the day in Jacksonville, Florida. He then travels to Charlotte, North Carolina, followed by a rally in Manassas, Virginia.

Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, campaigns in Ohio, Missouri and Pennsylvania. He's expected to hold rallies in Zanesville and Copley, Ohio, and Lee's Summit, Missouri. He ends the day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The GOP seems to be spending the day on defense: With the exception of Pennsylvania, President Bush carried each of the states the two tickets plans on visiting Monday.

A national CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Sunday showed Obama leading McCain by 7 points, 53 percent to 46 percent. The poll was conducted October 30 through November 1 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

A CNN Poll of Polls, also released Sunday, showed Obama leading McCain 51 percent to 44 percent. The polls were conducted October 28 through November 1.

See the latest state and national polls


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October 31st, 2008
05:30 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Friday Oct. 31st, 2008

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(CNN) – Battleground states Ohio and Pennsylvania dominate the candidates' schedules Friday.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain, on the second day of his bus tour through Ohio, holds rallies in Hanoverton, Steubenville, New Philadelphia and Columbus.

Meanwhile, McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is scheduled to visit Pennsylvania, meeting voters in Latrobe and York.

Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, begins the day with a rally in Delaware, his home state. He's then expected to travel to Ohio for rallies in Kettering and Lima.

Ohio, with its 20 electoral votes, and Pennsylvania, which carries 21 electoral votes, have been two of the most visited states during the General Election period by the presidential tickets. The presidential and vice-presidential candidates have to each state more than 40 times, according to a CNN count of campaign visits since June 8.

See a map of campaign visits

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio showed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with an 8-point lead over McCain, 50 percent to 42 percent. The polls were conducted October 22 through October 27.

Obama holds a considerable lead in Pennsylvania as well. The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in the state - released Thursday - showed Obama leading McCain by 11 points, 53 percent to 42 percent. The polls were conducted October 23 through October 28.

See the most recent state and national polls

Obama, meanwhile, plans to hold a rally in Des Moines, Iowa and then heads to an event in Highland, Indiana.

In Iowa, he leads McCain by 12 points - 52 percent to 40 percent - in the most recent CNN Poll of Polls in the state. The polls were conducted October 19 through October 24.

The race in Indiana is much closer, according to recent polls. McCain leads Obama by 1 point, 47 percent to 46 percent, in a CNN Poll of Polls in Indiana. The poll of polls was released on Thursday. The polls were conducted October 23 through 28.


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October 30th, 2008
05:21 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Thursday Oct. 30th, 2008

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(CNN) - John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, barnstorms across Ohio Thursday.

His schedule calls for rallies, events and media interviews in Defiance, Sandusky, Elyria and Mentor, Ohio.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio showed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with an 8-point lead over McCain, 50 percent to 42 percent. The polls were conducted October 22 through October 27.

See the most recent state and national polls

Obama is scheduled to begin his day in Florida, with a rally in Sarasota. He is then expected to attend a rally in Virginia Beach, Virginia and hopscotch to Columbia, Missouri, for a rally.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll in Florida released Wednesday showed Obama leading McCain 51 to 47 percent. The poll was conducted October 23 through October 28 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.

The race is close in Missouri as well, with a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Wednesday showing a statistical dead heat. McCain led Obama by two points, 50 percent to 48 percent. The poll was conducted October 23 through October 28 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.

The vice presidential nominees - Republican Gov. Sarah Palin and Democratic Sen. Joe Biden - will campaign in the same states Thursday. They're both visiting battleground states Missouri and Pennsylvania.

Palin's schedule includes a rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She then travels to Pennsylvania for a national security roundtable and a rally in Erie, and a rally in Williamsport.

Meanwhile, Biden will attend a rally in Arnold, Missouri and then head to Pennsylvania for rallies in Allentown and Willamsport.

A CNN Poll of Polls in Pennsylvania released Wednesday showed Obama with an 11-point lead over McCain, 53 percent to 42 percent. The polls were conducted October 19 through October 27.


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October 29th, 2008
04:54 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Wednesday Oct. 29th, 2008

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(CNN) - Both presidential contenders are scheduled to visit battleground prize Florida Wednesday, looking to capture the state's 27 electoral votes.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain begins the day with a rally in Miami, holds a roundtable discussion about national security in Tampa and ends his swing through the state with an event in Palm Beach.

Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, is expected to hold a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, and then make his way to Florida, where he's scheduled to hold rallies in Sunrise and Kissimmee.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Florida, released Tuesday, showed Obama leading by 4 points over McCain, 49 percent to 45 percent. The polls were conducted October 23 through October 26.

Florida's voters have already begun casting ballots. The state's early voting period began on October 20 and runs through November 2. As of Tuesday, about 1.2 million voters cast ballots in person.

See a map of early voting statistics

Obama's running mate, vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, will also be in Florida, attending an event in Jupiter.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, plans to deliver an economic policy speech in Toledo, Ohio. Her plans then call for rallies in Bowling Green and Chillicothe. Palin ends her day with a rally in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

See a map of candidate visits

President Bush won Ohio and Indiana during the past two presidential elections, but the McCain-Palin ticket is very much on the defensive in both states this year.

A CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio released Tuesday showed Obama leading McCain by 6 points, 50 to 44 percent. The polls were conducted October 19 through October 27.

In Indiana, the most recent CNN Poll of Polls showed McCain with a 1-point edge over Obama, 48 percent to 47 percent. The polls were conducted October 3 through October 26.

See the latest state and national polls

The McCain campaign began running ads in Indiana for the first time last week, according to TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on campaign ad spending.

The McCain campaign spent nearly $250,000 on ads from October 19 through October 25. In contrast, the Obama campaign spent about $1.8 million on campaign ads during the same period.


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October 28th, 2008
05:26 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Tuesday Oct. 28th, 2008

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(CNN) - On Tuesday, the Republican ticket plans to visit Pennsylvania, a state that is key to their electoral map strategy.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain trails his Democratic opponent by double digits in recent polls conducted in the state, but the campaign has said they are buoyed by internal numbers not showing up in public polling.

McCain's schedule calls for rallies in Hershey and Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is expected to join him at both rallies.

See a map of candidate visits

McCain is then scheduled to travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina, for a rally.

Palin, meanwhile, will continue to campaign in Pennsylvania, attending rallies in Shippensburg and University Park.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Pennsylvania showed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama leading McCain by 10 points, 51 percent to 41 percent. The polls were conducted October 16 through October 22.

See a map of state and national polls

Obama is expected to meet voters in Pennsylvania as well, holding a rally in Chester. He attended a rally in Pittsburgh on Monday.

The visits arrive on the heels of Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell urging the Obama campaign to visit the state before Election Day.

"Sen. McCain and [Alaska Gov. Sarah] Palin have literally camped out here," Rendell said last week. "They are here all the time. And people are beginning to notice that."

"We don't want to take any chances," he continued. "[Obama is] so popular when comes in. He turns undecided voters who listen to him, listen to his economic plan, and we want to nail this thing down."

Following the Pennsylvania rally, Obama is scheduled to travel to Virginia for rallies in Harrisonburg and Norfolk.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Virginia showed Obama with a 7-point lead over McCain, 51 percent to 44 percent. The polls were conducted October 20 through October 26.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden campaigns in Florida for a second straight day, attending rallies in Ocala and Melbourne.

Obama leads McCain 48 percent to 46 percent in the most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Florida. The polls were conducted October 13 through October 26.


Filed under: On the Trail
October 27th, 2008
05:23 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Monday Oct. 27th, 2008

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(CNN) – On Monday, a week before Election Day, the presidential contenders are both focusing on the same states: Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain plans on holding a meeting concerning the economy in Cleveland and then travels to Dayton, Ohio for a rally. He is also scheduled to hold a rally in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is expected to meet voters in Canton, Ohio, and then travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a rally.

The presidential candidates have traveled to Ohio and Pennsylvania - key states for the electoral strategies of both tickets - the most this year, according to a CNN count of candidate visits since June 8.

See a map of candidate visits

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio showed Obama leading McCain by 5 points, 49 percent to 44 percent. The polls were conducted October 16 through October 22.

Recent polls indicate McCain is trailing in Pennsylvania as well. The most recent CNN Poll of Polls there showed Obama leading McCain by 10 points, 51 percent to 41 percent. The polls were conducted 51 percent to 41 percent.

See the latest state and national polls

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is scheduled to pay a visit to Virginia. She plans to attend a series of rallies in Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Salem.

The GOP is playing defense in Virginia; President Bush carried the state in 2000 and 2004. The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Virginia shows Obama leading McCain 51 to 43 percent. The polls were conducted October 3 through October 21.

Senator Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, plans to attend rallies in Greenville, North Carolina, and New Port Richey, Florida – two more states won by President Bush during the past two presidential elections.

The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Florida showed Obama holding a 3-point lead over McCain. The polls were conducted October 13 through October 21.

In North Carolina, a recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. poll indicated Obama had a 4-point lead over McCain, 51 percent to 47 percent. The poll was conducted October 19 through October 21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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