November 2nd, 2010
05:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Exit Polls: Voters give low marks to both parties

(CNN) – Voters may not be happy with the Democratic Party. But they aren’t too thrilled with the GOP either, according to early exit polls.

Democrats have a 10-point favorability gap: 43 percent of voters have a positive opinion of the party, while 53 percent aren’t thrilled. The Republican Party also gets a thumbs-down from 53 percent of the nation’s voters, with just 41 percent saying they’re happy with the GOP.

November 2nd, 2010
05:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Exit polls: Economy the No. 1 issue

(CNN) - The economy isn’t just the most important issue to voters this year – with unemployment hovering around 9.6 percent, it’s roughly twice as important to them as the other top issues of concern combined, according to early exit polls.

Sixty-two percent of voters name the economy as their most important issue this year. Health care ranks a distant second, at 19 percent. Illegal immigration and Afghanistan follow at 8 and 7 percent.

September 28th, 2010
03:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Florida candidate challenges opponent's political ad

Washington (CNN) - The challenger in a hotly contested race for a U.S. House seat in central Florida accused Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson on Monday of using misleading edits in a campaign ad to distort his comments.

Former Florida state Rep. Dan Webster said the new ad by Grayson's re-election campaign doesn't accurately portray what the GOP candidate said.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alan Grayson • Daniel Webster • Florida
September 14th, 2010
07:53 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Tea Party favorite Bachmann eyes November, beyond

 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:

Minnesota 6th – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) is seeking a 3rd term
Primary: August 10, 2010
Location: Northern and eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities
Days until Election Day: 49

In 2008, Rep. Michele Bachmann spent the fall flirting with one-term status. Last year, her fellow congressional Republicans considered her vulnerable enough to include on their list of most threatened House incumbents. And heading into this summer, her Democratic opponent, state Sen. Tarryl Clark, had raised more than $2 million to take her on.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Michele Bachmann • Minnesota
August 27th, 2010
08:21 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: A rosy outlook for the Tea Party's favorite Democrat

 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:

Idaho 1st – Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick seeks a 2nd term

Primary: May 25
Location: Western Idaho
Days until Election Day: 67

(CNN) - At first glance, the race for Idaho's 1st district looks like it should be virtually unwinnable for a Democratic candidate in 2010. Idaho, some of the most Tea Party movement-friendly terrain in the nation, is solidly Republican at the presidential level; no Democrat has won here since Lyndon Johnson's 1964 bid.

The panhandle area of the state, which has traditionally been its most Democratic territory, has trended more Republican in recent years. And Rep. Walt Minnick - the first Democrat to win a congressional race here since 1992 - won that seat in a squeaker two years ago, edging past incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Sali 51-49 percent.

But Minnick - who defied the odds in 2008, winning a string of counties that backed John McCain over Barack Obama - seems poised to confound expectations yet again.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Idaho • Walt Minnick
August 23rd, 2010
08:11 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Republican nabs a re-match in Colorado's 3rd

 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:

Colorado 3: Democratic Rep. John Salazar seeks a fourth term
Primary: August 10, 2010
Location: Western Colorado
Days until Election Day: 71

(CNN) – While high-profile Tea Party upsets of establishment picks in Colorado's Republican primaries earlier this month left the party reeling, one congressional candidate managed to side-step the chaos, wooing enough Tea Party support to claim a decisive GOP primary win.

Republican state Rep. Scott Tipton faced a stiff challenge from underdog conservative candidate Bob McConnell, who boasted of Sarah Palin's backing. But Tipton, who also courted local Tea Party groups, garnered a share of their support and earned the right to a re-match with Democratic Rep. John Salazar in Colorado's 3rd congressional district.

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Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Colorado
August 16th, 2010
08:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Dem Shuler seeks third term in conservative N.C. district

 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:

North Carolina 11th - Rep. Heath Shuler (D) is seeking a third term
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: Western, North Carolina
Days until Election Day: 78

(CNN) - If Republicans want to have a shot at winning back the House this fall, the path to the majority has to run through districts like North Carolina's 11th.

The 11th district may be conservative terrain, but it hasn't been reliably Republican territory. The district is the only one in North Carolina that is composed entirely of Appalachian counties, and its remote position in the extreme western tip of the state means that it sometimes sits apart politically. More than half of its residents live in areas that the Census defines as rural, but that pattern is offset by the presence of Asheville, a mid-sized city that in some ways seems to be a small piece of Vermont transplanted south of the Mason-Dixon line. Asheville has turned surrounding Buncombe County into an island of Democratic strength in a sea of lightly-populated Republican counties - Buncombe went for Barack Obama with 56 percent in 2008, while 51 percent of the district as a whole voted for John McCain.

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Filed under: CNN 100
August 13th, 2010
07:56 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Boyd vying to hold on to panhandle district

 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:

Florida 2nd - Allen Boyd is seeking an 8th termPrimary: August 24, 2010
Location: Tallahassee/Central Panhandle
Days until election: 81

He may be a Blue Dog, but Florida Democrat Allen Boyd is spending big this year, as he faces the toughest race of his career.
Boyd has consistently won re-election by comfortable margins since his first election to the House in 1996. But he faces his stiffest challenge yet in Republican funeral home owner Steve Southerland. And that's only if he makes it past the Aug. 24 primary in his Panhandle district - by no means a sure thing, as he squares off against veteran state legislator Al Lawson, Florida's state Senate Minority Leader.

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Filed under: CNN 100
June 13th, 2009
12:16 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama proposes more cost savings in health care

President Obama says new savings would come from 'commonsense changes.'
President Obama says new savings would come from 'commonsense changes.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Saturday he wants to make additional resources available for overhauling the nation's health care system by dramatically reducing current medical costs to the government.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama proposed $313 billion in cuts and new savings over the next decade. Some of the funds would come from from expected increases in efficiency, reductions in excessive hospital payments and drug cost savings from individuals enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, the White House said.

But he did not specify precisely what form much of those cuts might take, saying the new savings would "come from commonsense changes."

"For example – if more Americans are insured, we can cut payments that help hospitals treat patients without health insurance," he said.

"If the drug makers pay their fair share, we can cut government spending on prescription drugs. And if doctors have incentives to provide the best care instead of more care, we can help Americans avoid the unnecessary hospital stays, treatments, and tests that drive up costs."

The funds would be in addition to the $635 billion in spending cuts and tax funds Obama has already requested to help ease the transition to a new system that would cover uninsured Americans and do a better job of slowing the surge in medical costs.

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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
June 1st, 2009
08:55 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney acting like candidate?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mitt Romney, disciplined politician, is quick to say he's not a presidential candidate. It's Mitt Romney's schedule that seems to be a bit off-message.

Earlier this year, he got a hero's welcome at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where more than a few attendees attendees insisted his economic credentials might have nabbed him the Oval Office if the economic crisis had hit before the Republican Party had decided on its 2008 standard-bearer.

On Friday, he was the keynote speaker at the Virginia GOP's Commonwealth Gala dinner in Richmond. Yesterday, he weighed in on his party's future on Fox News, Sunday. The former Massachusetts governor's making appearances as a key member of the National Council for a New America - the move, led by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia, to re-brand the GOP. Meanwhile, Free and Strong America PAC - Romney's political action committee, dedicated to supporting conservative candidates - is helping him build the national network of party loyalists he'd need to clinch the nomination, if he decides to run again.

And today, nearly two weeks after former vice president Dick Cheney took on President Barack Obama's national security policy before a think-tank crowd in Washington, Romney is scheduled to give his own take - laid out in a speech called "The Care of Freedom" - to a Heritage Foundation audience, assessing the new administration's response on North Korea and other foreign policy challenges.

It's slated to be the latest in a string of tough critiques of President Obama - including a tough take on Supreme Court pick Sonia Sotomayor - that have made him a conservative favorite in the first months of the new administration, even as he carefully avoids the kind of incendiary attacks and media overexposure that could threaten mainstream appeal he'd need to reach the Oval Office.
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