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(CNN) - A new poll indicates that the three way-battle for Florida's open Senate seat, arguably the most fascinating Senate contest this year, is deadlocked at the top.
And according to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey of registered voters in Florida, the Democrat holds a seven point advantage in the gubernatorial fight.
In the Senate contest, 36 percent of people questioned say they support Republican nominee and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, with 34 percent backing Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who earlier this year dropped his bid for the GOP Senate nomination and is now running as an independent candidate. Twenty-four percent say if the election were held today, they'd vote for Rep. Kendrick Meek, the Democratic nominee, with three percent saying they vote for none of the candidates and three percent holding no opinion.
"A three-way race is producing a three-way split among Florida voters," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Meek wins majority support among Democrats while Rubio picks up seven in ten Republicans. Among Independents, it's Crist with 45 percent, distantly followed by Rubio with 29 percent and Meek with only 16 percent of Independents."
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(CNN) - A new poll indicates that the battle for Kentucky's open Senate seat is dead even.
According to a new CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey of registered voters in Kentucky, 46 percent support Republican nominee Rand Paul, with an equal amount saying they back Democratic nominee Jack Conway. Five percent of those questioned say they'd vote for neither candidate if the general election were held today, and four percent have no opinion.
"Not surprisingly, Paul is winning among conservatives by more than 40 points," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But Conway has a 22-point advantage among moderates."
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(CNN) - It's too close to call in California's Senate and gubernatorial battles, according to a new poll.
A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that Sen. Barbara Boxer holds a 48 percent to 44 percent margin over her Republican challenger, Carly Fiorina, but Boxer's 4-point advantage is within the poll's sampling error. Five percent of people questioned say if the general election were held today they'd vote for neither candidate and three percent were undecided.
"In a battle between two women, female voters will be a key constituency. Right now, 48 percent of women would pick Boxer compared to 43 percent for Fiorina. Six years ago, Boxer won 65 percent of the women's vote," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
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Washington (CNN) – Things boiled over Tuesday night in the fight between Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia, and Robert Hurt, his Republican opponent, after the Perriello campaign accused Hurt's new campaign spokesperson of being a "carpetbagger" in a Twitter post.
The remark was made in a tweet sent from the campaign's official Twitter account, which is not controlled by the candidate himself.
The fight between Perriello and Hurt has grown more intense in recent weeks as one of the House's most vulnerable Democrats tries to win a second term. It wasn't long before a national Republican operative shot back at Perriello by posting the home addresses of several Perriello staffers who don't live in the district.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama opened the post-Labor Day stretch of the midterm campaign in the perennial swing state of Ohio on Wednesday, accusing the GOP of pushing bankrupt economic policies and putting politics ahead of national welfare.
He pushed a new $350 billion plan to lift the sagging economy, including $200 billion in tax cuts for businesses to purchase new equipment and write off 100 percent of new investments through the end of 2011.
The president also highlighted a $50 billion proposal for infrastructure investment, as well as $100 billion to permanently extend tax credits to businesses for research and development.
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Washington (CNN) - A new Republican Party video highlights Democratic lawmakers facing tough re-elections this year who are distancing themselves from the White House.
The video, which went up Wednesday on the Republican National Committee's website, GOP.com, and on YouTube, starts with a video clip of President Barack Obama saying "if I said the sky is blue, they'd say no."
In the comments, the president was referring to Republicans who outright oppose his policies, but with the words "That's right. They do" and the donkey symbol that represents the Democratic Party, the video suggests that some Democrats also oppose the president.
The video then includes clips of campaign commercials from Rep. Walter Minnick of Idaho, Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin of South Dakota, Rep. Frank Kratovil of Maryland, Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, Rep. Bobby Bright of Alabama, and Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana. In each clip, the Democratic lawmakers highlight their opposition to Obama administration policies, such as bailouts of Wall Street, some major banks, and the big auto companies, health care reform, the federal stimulus, the budget, and energy legislation.
Washington (CNN) - The smart money in Washington and Chicago, Illinois, says it's all but a certainty that within weeks Rahm Emanuel will throw his hat into the ring to replace retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. So the parlor game over who will replace Emanuel as White House chief of staff has already kicked into high gear.
I've been hitting the phones and working the BlackBerry since Daley announced his plans to step down, and a clear consensus has emerged among top strategists within the Democratic party: Two White House aides - Tom Donilon and Ron Klain - are the clear front-runners to take over Emanuel's office just steps from the Oval Office.
But also pay close attention to a name you have not heard much about yet, but that could end up being the surprise pick: Phil Schiliro. Schiliro doesn't grab a lot of headlines but has a huge fan in the president himself and could wind up shocking the political world by snagging the top job.
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Washington (CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's message to Republican candidates this fall: stay on message.
"The intensity since last year is greater than it was in '94, but we're still eight weeks away from the election. Republicans need to understand they need keep their foot on the accelerator," Barbour told a group of journalists at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor Wednesday.
Barbour, who is widely considered a potential 2012 presidential candidate, said for now he is concentrating on his job as chair of the Republican Governors Association.
"I am not giving serious thought to a run until after November 2," Barbour said. "I'm giving all of my attention to electing Republican governors."
During the hour-long breakfast, Barbour took questions on range of topics, including a Florida pastor's controversial plan to burn the Quran on September 11.
Newtown, PA (CNN) - They enlisted in the military, served in the recent war in Iraq and successfully ran for public office. Now they are fighting for their political lives.
Of the handful of members of Congress who saw combat in Iraq, toppling Saddam Hussein or helping maintain the peace in the war's aftermath, two veterans are locked in tough re-election campaigns: Democratic Reps Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania and John Boccieri of Ohio.
Both men won their first elections – Murphy in 2006 and Boccieri in 2008 – by touting their experiences as military veterans while challenging George W Bush's handling of the war and economic stewardship.
John Kasich is no fan of the Obama economic program, but says perhaps this time the president has an idea worth considering.
The former GOP congressman is running for Ohio governor now, and says he wants to study the proposal President Obama is set to unveil Thursday near Cleveland.
The president is to propose a new research and development tax credit, in an effort to spur hiring. But the GOP congressional leadership has all but ruled out cooperating on any major Obama economic initiatives before Election Day.