Washington (CNN) - Ron Paul's presidential campaign isn't done fighting for more delegates at the Republican National Convention.
The Texas congressman's campaign sent a memo to the all RNC members, its counsel's office and the convention's credentials committee Friday evening, ahead of its second appeal to strip Louisiana of its delegates to the convention because of rules that it says were violated during the state convention.
Washington (CNN) – Economic fears are not diminishing. More than eight in 10 Americans think the economy is in another recession, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. One-third of those surveyed think it’s serious.
While the country isn’t technically in a recession because the economy hasn’t experienced two straight quarters of negative growth, the poll’s results highlight the importance of President Barack Obama’s jobs speech next Thursday night.
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:
DE-AL: Rep. Mike Castle is retiring
Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: State of Delaware
Days until the election: 19
It's one of the few districts in which Democrats are on offense. The open, at-large seat from Delaware could switch parties for the first time in 17 years.
Republican Rep. Mike Castle, who lost his party's nomination for the Senate to Christine O'Donnell, has represented the first state in the House since 1993. Now, Democrat John Carney is fighting hard to replace him and buck the national trend leaning towards a possible Republican majority in Congress.
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:
North Dakota At-Large: Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D) is seeking a 10th term
Primary: June 8, 2010
Location: North Dakota
Days until the election: 39
(CNN) – North Dakota has not elected a Republican to represent the state in Congress since 1980. This year, the GOP is looking to reverse that trend, leaving Democratic Representative Earl Pomeroy in the political fight of his career.
Utah 2nd – Rep. Jim Matheson is seeking a 6th term
Primary: June 22, 2010
Location: parts of Salt Lake City, Eastern and Southern Utah
Days until Election Day: 65
Since 2002, Rep. Jim Matheson has won Utah's 2nd District with expanding majorities - an impressive feat for a Democrat in a conservative state. Though his party remains unpopular at home, Matheson will bank on his personal popularity and votes against major Democratic initiatives to retain his seat. Republicans hoping to add this seat to their column face a tough fight.
New Jersey 3rd: Rep. John Adler (D) is seeking a second term
Primary: June 8, 2010
Location: South-central New Jersey
Days until Election Day: 77
(CNN) – Republicans recruited a true franchise player to reclaim their title in the New Jersey 3rd Congressional District.
Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan, a political newcomer, is starting strong to beat incumbent John Adler. The historically Republican seat, formerly held by Jim Saxton for over 20 years, is perhaps the party's best chance of adding to their New Jersey lineup.
(CNN) - Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein told CNN's Fareed Zakaria this week he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Duberstein said he was influenced by another prominent Reagan official – Colin Powell – in his decision.
"Well let's put it this way – I think Colin Powell's decision is in fact the good housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama."
Powell served as national security advisor to Reagan during Duberstein's tenure as chief of staff.
Duberstein spoke with Zakaria about his final days in the Reagan White House. The Reagan official, along with Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Carter National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, also discussed the transition process to a new administration.
Watch the full discussion on the next administration this Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fareed Zakaria GPS.
(CNN) - Barack Obama won two more superdelegate endorsements Thursday, narrowing his deficit with Hillary Clinton to seven.
North Carolina Rep. Brad Miller and Washington Rep. Rick Larsen both announced they will cast their superdelegate votes for the Illinois senator.
"The decision was not easy," Miller, a two-term congressman, said in a statement. "Senator Clinton has run an impressive campaign, and has spoken eloquently to the concerns to working and middle class American families. She is one of the great leaders of this generation.
"Senator Obama understands that he has the chance not just to win the election this year, but to be a great president," he added.
Miller's district, which includes Raleigh, overwhelmingly voted for Obama Tuesday, 63 percent to 35 percent.
Larsen, a three-term congressman whose district lies in the northwest area of Washington state, praised Obama as the "best candidate to turn our country's hopes for a better future into reality."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Get ready for a deluge of new superdelegates.
All superdelegates -– elected officials and Democratic National Committee members -– are not bound by their states’ results, and can vote for the candidate they choose. Both candidates are fighting just as hard for their support as they are for the votes of the people in the upcoming primary states.
But some superdelegates are unpledged add-ons - individuals selected by each state’s Democratic Party. They are elected at state party conventions, executive committee meetings or delegate meetings, depending on the state. A wave of those events are scheduled for the next few weeks, as states finalize their delegate slates.
Unpledged add-ons can be called superdelegates because they both have the same voting rights - the only difference is that superdelegates are selected before the primaries and caucuses, while unpledged add-ons are selected after the state has voted.
Some of these add-ons pledged their support for candidates before they were elected. Of those elected so far, Obama has officially earned six unpledged add-on votes, while Clinton has earned seven.
In total, there will be 76 unpledged add-on delegates. CNN is keeping track of these delegates, but will only add them to the official delegate after they are officially elected at their states’ meetings. As of today, 13 states have chosen their unpledged add-ons, with the results of today’s Maryland selection still pending.
(CNN) – Democratic National Committee member John Patrick, a 31-year member of the United Steelworkers union and vice president of the Texas AFL-CIO, officially announced his support for Barack Obama Thursday. The nod is Obama’s second superdelegate endorsement of the day.
Earlier Thursday, former DNC Chairman Joe Andrew switched his vote from Clinton to Obama. The superdelegate gap between Clinton and Obama stands at 18 in CNN’s latest count.
"Senator Barack Obama has spent a lifetime standing up for American workers, and he will be a crucial voice for us in the White House,” Patrick said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. “He has consistently opposed unfair trade deals that fail to offer protection to American workers - like NAFTA. Senator Obama has a real plan to put money back in the pockets of working families by restoring the manufacturing base in America."
Patrick had been a supporter of former Senator John Edwards’ presidential bid.