(CNN) - Six states held primaries on Tuesday, and once again anti-establishment candidates came up short in high-profile Republican showdowns.
That's a sharp difference with what we have seen over the last two election cycles, when establishment Republicans were overwhelmed by the insurgency in their own party and did little to stop it. But they appear to have turned the tables on the conservatives so far in this election cycle and have a string of victories to show for it.
Washington (CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Campaign is making an online push starting Thursday to familiarize voters in North Carolina and donors across the county with Thom Tillis, the GOP's new Senate nominee in the Tar Heel state.
The NRSC is blasting a biographical video of the North Carolina House speaker, using YouTube as platform for distribution across blogs and social networks.
(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush and his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, apparently don't see eye-to-eye over whether Jeb Bush should run for the White House in 2016.
In an interview with Jay Leno Tuesday night on NBC's "The Tonight Show," the former president said his brother should "run for President if he wants to. He'd be a great one."
(CNN) - Politics is full of second chances.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, now Rep. Sanford, is living proof.
Two new polls suggest that former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York may follow in Sanford's footsteps in winning political redemption.
Washington (CNN) - Three national polls out over the past two weeks indicate the same thing - that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's favorable rating is dropping.
But two things: If you're surprised by the slippage, don't be. And while edging down, Clinton's favorable ratings are still firmly in positive territory.
(CNN) – The Democrat hoping to oust New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released her first television ad Wednesday.
New Jersey State Sen. Barbara Buono, already outspent by her opponent in ad money, used the spot to not only introduce herself but to take a few swipes at the Republican governor, who's up for re-election in November.
(CNN) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans say that the Senate should have passed a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales, according to a new national poll.
But the survey, released Monday by Gallup, indicates a partisan divide, with Democrats and independent voters not seeing eye-to-eye with Republicans.
(CNN) - Longtime Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, will not seek re-election next year, he said in a statement Tuesday.
"After much consideration and many conversations with my wife Mel and our family, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2014. I will serve out my term, and then it will be time to go home to Montana," he said.
(CNN) – With just two words, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley publicly announced Thursday he's running for the Senate seat currently held by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.
"I'm in," the congressman posted on Twitter, linking to a Facebook page with the sprawling slogan: "Bruce for Iowa."
Washington (CNN) - Both the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and the chairman of the Republican National Committee were quick to use April's unemployment numbers to criticize President Barack Obama's job on creating jobs.
"It's a terrible and very disappointing report this morning. Clearly the American people are wondering why this recovery isn't happening faster, what's taking years and years for the recovery to occur. And we seem to be slowing down, not speeding up. This is not progress," Mitt Romney said Friday in an interview on Fox News.