(CNN) - For Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge, the latest rebellion began last week in the South, by way of friendly fire.
"I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, told Macon station WMAZ. "If we do it his way, then we'll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Two days before Election Day, Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to foot soldiers serving on the front lines of the 2012 campaign: suburban Colorado. Early voting had been under way in the Western battleground for weeks; the Obama team was counting on a volunteer army to deliver the state.
The polls in the race's final weeks had careened back and forth between razor-thin Obama and Romney leads. But Biden told the volunteers he wasn't worried - and they were the reason: "The ground operation which you guys represent is the best in the history of presidential politics."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Long before the candidates set foot on stage in Florida, President Barack Obama headed into the final debate of the 2012 campaign with the biggest advantage of all: he's already commander-in-chief.
The foreign policy face-off on Monday was devoted to a subject on which presidents can speak about decision-making in the first person and challengers can't.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In a year when electability consistently tops Republican primary voters' lists of candidate qualities, Mitt Romney has made the sale. In contest after contest, he's generally chosen as the contender most likely to beat President Barack Obama in November.
On Tuesday, voters in Ohio agreed: They thought he was roughly twice as electable as Rick Santorum, according to exit polls.
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: CNN's Bob Costantini and Tory Dunnan, in Columbus, consider the Ohio GOP primary results, plus the overall mixed bag that was Super Tuesday. And the great beyond to come.FULL STORY
Novi, Michigan (CNN) - As Mitt Romney admitted, they may not have been his prettiest wins.
"We didn't win by a lot - but we won by enough, and that's all that counts," he said Tuesday night after victories in the Michigan and Arizona primaries.FULL STORY
(CNN) - It’s after midnight, which means the 2010 vote is over…and the 2012 race is officially underway.
In exit polls Tuesday, Republicans in three key early-voting states were asked about four of their leading presidential contenders.
(CNN) - As the Democrats’ magic number for Senate control stands at 1 (for now), it looks like Pennsylvania’s independents – a quarter of the vote – are breaking for Pat Toomey. But Joe Sestak’s still holding on to a narrow lead. On the other hand: The 27 percent of the state’s voters who decided in the past week are going for Sestak, 58-42 percent.
(here’s a Senate stat that so far defies simple explanation: the 13 percent of Nevada voters who apparently don’t think Sharron Angle is conservative enough. A majority of whom, according to the exit poll, voted for Reid?)
(CNN) - How much credit should the Tea Party take for tonight’s GOP win? Exit polls paint a mixed picture.
Forty-five percent of independent voters expressed support for the movement, which is 2 for 3 in Senate races so far tonight. The older you are, the polls suggest, the more likely you are to back the Tea Party – and tonight was a senior moment. Forty-seven percent of those 60 and older back the Tea Party; the number for 18-29-year-olds was more than 20 points lower.
(CNN) - Midterm voters tend to be older than voters in general. But this year’s midterm voters aren’t just older than the voters who show up when the White House is up for grabs. They’re older than your typical midterm voter, period.
Seniors haven’t made up this big a share of voters since 1994. Twenty-four percent of those who cast ballots this year were over the age of 65 – and their support for Democrats has plummeted. Back in ’94, 48 percent of voters over age 65 backed Democratic candidates. In 2006 and ’08, 49 percent supported the party. This year, that number sank to 39 percent.
(CNN) - Numbers are still coming in, but: the exit polls in the system right now show independents backed the GOP by a good 15 points this year.
Anger may have grabbed most of the attention so far this cycle, but anxiety's the star tonight: More than half those who voted today say they're "very worried" about the economy. Another 46 percent are worried, or somewhat worried. (Believe it or not: 3 percent say they aren't worried at all.)