West Chester, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan blamed President Barack Obama for insisting on “irresponsible defense cuts” during last year’s budget negotiations, which the House Budget Committee chairman, himself, helped guide and pass through Congress.
“President Obama’s reckless defense cuts that are hanging over our cloud, hanging over the horizon, could put almost 44,000 jobs at stake right here in Pennsylvania. We are not going to let that happen,” Paul said Tuesday.
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.
Boston (CNN) – Officials in Massachusetts are expecting a "pretty good turnout" Tuesday in the special election between Martha Coakley and Scott Brown to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's U.S. senate seat.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Gavin on Monday predicted that 1.6 to 2.2 million votes would be cast in the pivotal election – more than double the number of votes cast during the primary elections. Gavin also said over 100,000 absentee ballots have been requested, though the actual number that are returend could be lower.
"People are coming out," Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Gavin told CNN on Tuesday. "Although it is hard to tell how well final turnout will be since they vote in waves."
A light snow is falling throughout most of the state, but McNiff says he doesn't think it is enough to keep many of the state's 4.5 million registered voters from casting a ballot. "I think the interest in this election will trump any bad weather," McNiff said.