August 24th, 2010
08:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Arizona Senate: There's a Democratic race too

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - There's been so much coverage of the heated Arizona Senate race between Republican Senator John McCain and Republican challenger J.D. Hayworth, you might think the race ends with the primary today. Or as Arizona Democratic candidate Randy Parraz asked CNN, "Do you guys know there's a Democratic race in Arizona today too?"

Parraz is one of four Democrats vying for a spot on the November ticket. A community organizer, Parraz is the only Latino in the race and he's gained buzz lately, particularly among the online progressive community. He jumped into the contest largely in response to Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law: SB1070.

Parraz tells CNN, "SB1070 and the right wing's infatuation with border security and deporting immigrants hasn't solved our problems, in fact that's made things worse. I'm interested in moving the state in the right direction when it comes to job creation, education and renewable energy."

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Randy Parraz
August 24th, 2010
08:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrat Meek wins Florida Senate primary, CNN projects

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has won the Democratic Senate primary, CNN projects."](CNN) - Rep. Kendrick Meek has defeated billionaire Jeff Greene in Florida's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, CNN has projected.

With 38 percent of precincts reporting, Meek led Greene 55 percent to 32 percent, according to The Associated Press.

Meek will take on Marco Rubio - whom CNN projected has won the Republican primary for Senate - and Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned independent, in the general election.

The last polls in Florida closed at 8 p.m. ET.

In the Republican primary for governor, millionaire businessman Rick Scott was ahead of Attorney General Bill McCollum, 46 percent to 43 percent, with 34 percent of precincts reporting, according to the AP.

CNN has projected that Alex Sink, Florida's chief financial officer, has won Florida's Democratic primary for governor.

Florida is one of five states holding primaries Tuesday. Among other big storylines of the night: Arizona Sen. John McCain is expected to fend off the biggest Republican primary challenge of his Senate career, and a little-known Tea Party candidate is taking on an incumbent senator in Alaska.

Full story

Filed under: 2010 • Florida
August 24th, 2010
08:26 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Projection: Meek over Greene

(CNN) - Rep. Kendrick Meek will defeat billionaire Jeff Greene in the Democratic Senate primary in Florida, CNN projects.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida
August 24th, 2010
08:01 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Projection: Rubio, Sink cruise to victory in Florida

(CNN) - CNN projects Alex Sink has won the Florida Democratic primary for Governor, and projects Marco Rubio the winner of the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida
August 24th, 2010
07:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Early results in Florida primaries

(CNN) - The first results of the 2010 Florida primary are in, and Kendrick Meek is leading Jeff Greene 54.3 percent to 32.6 percent according to the Associated Press, with 25 percent of precincts reporting.

In the Republican gubernatorial primary, 24 percent of precincts are reporting, and Rick Scott has an early lead over Bill McCollum with 46.1 percent of the vote to McCollum's 43.9 percent, according to the Associated Press.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida
August 24th, 2010
07:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Unity rallies scrapped in Florida

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Rick Scott is locked in a primary battle with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum."]
Orlando, Florida (CNN) - The Republican Party of Florida has scrapped plans for a pair of unity rallies intended to heal some of the wounds inflicted during the divisive gubernatorial primary between state Attorney General Bill McCollum and former health care executive Rick Scott.

The party had been plotting two such events for Wednesday, one in Orlando and another in Jacksonville, but those plans fell apart due to logistical reasons, RPOF spokeswoman Katie Betta told CNN. Scheduling became an issue because candidates up and down the ballot are scattered across the state, Betta said.

"We are hopeful we will be able to have some kind of event to capitalize on momentum coming out of the primaries, but at this point we are a little gun shy to try and figure out what the structure of the event would look like," Betta said.

The rallies were also scheduled to have a big ticket draw: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a possible 2012 presidential candidate.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill McCollum • Florida • Rick Scott
August 24th, 2010
07:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama wants prime time Iraq address

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="President Obama wants to deliver a prime time address on Iraq."](CNN) - President Obama wants to deliver his major address on Iraq from the Oval Office in prime time next Tuesday, according to a senior administration official.

The official said the White House is formally requesting time from the broadcast networks for the President to deliver the remarks in prime time, elevating the speech marking the end of combat operations in Iraq in a major way.

Obama has only used the communications tool of an Oval Office address once before, when he wanted to signify the gravity of the Gulf Oil spill back in early June.

Filed under: issues • President Obama
August 24th, 2010
07:06 PM ET
12 years ago

WikiLeaks says it will release CIA paper on Wednesday

(CNN) - WikiLeaks, a whistle-blower website, posted on the group's 
Twitter page on Tuesday: "WikiLeaks to release CIA paper tomorrow."

The website set off a firestorm of controversy recently when it posted 
some 76,000 U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan. The group has 
said it has another 15,000 documents, which it plans to release soon.

It was not immediately clear whether the Twitter post on Tuesday is 
related to the batch of documents that WikiLeaks has called the "Afghan War 

Founder and editor of the website, Julian Assange, was arrested in 
absentia last week in Sweden on charges of rape. The warrant was revoked less 
than a day later by Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne.

Separately on Tuesday, the attorney for the alleged victims told CNN 
rumors that the Pentagon or CIA was somehow involved in the sex crime 
accusations against Assange are "complete nonsense."

Filed under: CIA
August 24th, 2010
06:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Muslim tweet meant sarcastically, RNC says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="The RNC said Tuesday that a staffer's tweet was meant sarcastically."]Washington (CNN) The Republican National Committee distanced itself Tuesday from a tweet issued by the committee's new media director, Todd Herman, which questioned whether President Obama himself is part of the 20 percent of the country that believes he is a Muslim.

"Watch – Is @BarackObama amongst the 20% who think he's Muslim?" Herman tweeted on Friday. The message included a link to an interview taped during the 2008 campaign in which Obama stumbled while explaining his religious views.

First reported Tuesday by Politico, the tweet prompted the RNC to make clear that President Obama's Christian faith is "crystal clear" and that the tweet was sarcastic in nature.


Filed under: President Obama • RNC
August 24th, 2010
06:38 PM ET
12 years ago

Three things to watch in tonight's primary races

(CNN) - Voters across the country go to the polls Tuesday night for
party primaries.

Here are three things to watch.

1) Can you buy an election?

Of course not - that's against the law. But two wealthy Floridians are pouring part of their personal fortunes into primaries: Billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene hopes to grab the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination from U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and millionaire former health care executive Rick Scott is running against Bill McCollum, the state's attorney general.

Three other largely self-funded candidates have already secured a place in the November general election with scads of their own money: Linda McMahon, whose family built World Wrestling Entertainment into a multibillion-dollar business, is the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut. Meg Whitman, former eBay president and CEO, is the GOP nominee for governor in California. And Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and AT&T executive, is the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in California.


Filed under: 2010
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