Washington (CNN) - Longtime Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will announce Thursday that he won't seek re-election this year and will retire at the end of his term, a Republican source with knowledge of McKeon's thinking tells CNN.
McKeon's office neither confirmed nor denied reports about retirement. But it put out an e-mail release saying the 11-term Republican from California would make a statement before cameras at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday.
(CNN) - The U.S. Senate race in Wyoming has it all: A popular incumbent Republican facing a primary challenge, a GOP feud, a generational divide, and Dick Cheney, one of the most polarizing figures in politics.
Liz Cheney was to meet with reporters at two events in Wyoming one day after she announced her bid for Senate. Her announcement came on the same day that three-term Republican Sen. Mike Enzi said he would run for re-election.
Washington (CNN)– If you are looking for a good place to raise campaign contributions, New York City is pretty much the smartest and most lucrative choice. And that's where President Barack Obama's headed, as he headlines three fundraisers Wednesday night in New York City.
The first gathering is a dinner at the home of Jon Corzine, the former governor and senator from New Jersey. Democratic sources tell CNN this is the linchpin of the three fundraisers because of Corzine's ability to bring Wall Street back to the president, a constituency that has felt alienated by Obama's tough stance on financial regulatory reform.
Washington (CNN) - Of the 21 Democratic candidates that President Barack Obama specifically campaigned for or fundraised for this year, eight won their elections, eight lost their contests, and five are in contests still too close to call.
The eight candidates who won their midterm contests: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Senate nominee Chris Coons of Delaware, Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan, and House nominee David Cicilline of Rhode Island.
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes is a step closer to his goal of winning back his old job.
Barnes Tuesday easily won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. But Barneswill have to wait until next month to find out who his Republican opponent will be in November's general election.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, the Georgia Secretary of State's web page indicated that Barnes had captured 65.8 percent of the primary vote, with state Attorney General Thurbert Baker at 21.7 percent. Five other Democratic gubernatorial candidates were in the single digits.
"Tonight is the beginning to take our state back from the lobbyists and the special interests," Barnes told a crowd of supporters Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Washington (CNN) – They weren't on the ballot, but Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin are two of the biggest winners in this latest round of primaries.
The former president is being credited with helping Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas survive a Democratic Senate primary runoff Tuesday.
"President Clinton called me tonight when it was clear we were going to win and said, 'Blanche, you're the new Comeback Kid'," Lincoln said in an email to supporters.
Lincoln topped Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter 52 percent to 48 percent, after both candidates were forced into the runoff after neither broke the 50 percent mark in a three way primary contest last month.