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MSNBC: "It has been a whirlwind few weeks for the right to vote, with the Supreme Court stepping in four times to decide whether restrictions on voting can go into effect. In three out of four cases, the answer was yes. But efforts to make voting harder...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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"With an increasingly competitive and closely-watched Senate race on the line, an Atlanta courtroom will be the focus of a key voting rights dispute Friday that could make it harder for Democrats to pick up an open U.S. Senate seat on Election Day,"...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A new Atlanta Journal Constitution poll in Georgia finds David Perdue (R) with a two-point edge over Michelle Nunn (D), 44% to 42%.Most recent polls have given Nunn a small lead.In the race for governor, Gov. Nathan Deal (R) leads challenger Jason Carter...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The Hill looked "at voting trends and history in all 50 states to find the most secure Republican and Democratic strongholds, and which states appear up for grabs. Factoring into the analysis are votes for president in recent elections, the breakdown...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A new Public Policy Polling survey in Maine finds Gov. Paul LePage (R) and Mike Michaud (D) locked in a tight battle for governor, 40% to 40%, with Eliot Cutler (I) trailing at 17%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A new UMass-Lowell poll in New Hampshire finds Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) with a narrow lead over Scott Brown (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 46%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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First Read: "With now another American testing positive for Ebola -- this time an American doctor in New York who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea -- it's worth asking: What is the real impact of the political conversation turning, once again,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A new Quinnipiac poll in Colorado finds Cory Gardner (R) leading Sen. Mark Udall (D) by five points in the U.S. Senate race, 46% to 41%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia Center for Politics joined us on the Political Wire podcast for a look at what might happen if the 2014 midterm elections go into overtime. It's a great conversation. Listen here: Subscribe via iTunes or RSS...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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"According to FiveThirtyEight's latest Senate forecast, Republicans have at least a 78 percent chance of picking off seven seats. In declining order of likelihood: Montana, West Virginia, South Dakota, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alaska and Colorado. If the...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) "is locked in a late-breaking, competitive challenge to retain the governor's mansion--but you wouldn't know it from the airwaves in Anchorage or Fairbanks, where he barely has a presence," National Journal reports. "That's...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A new CNN/ORC poll in Georgia finds Michelle Nunn (D) has a slight lead over David Perdue (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 44%. In a hypothetical runoff if neither reaches 50% on Election Day, Nunn still holds a small margin over Perdue, 51% to 47%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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New polling data suggests turnout in Colorado's upcoming U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races "could be significantly higher than in past midterms -- approaching the size and composition of a presidential-year electorate," NBC News reports....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is endorsing independent Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott for governor and lieutenant governor of Alaska, The Hill reports. The endorsement is a snub to the incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell (R), "who served as Palin's lieutenant...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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"In a warning flag for Democrats, recent polls suggest the party is failing to draw enough support from women in three key Senate races--in Iowa, Arkansas and Colorado--to offset the strong backing that men are giving to Republicans," the Wall Street...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Friday, October 24, 2014
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A new Boston Globe poll in Massachusetts finds Charlie Baker (R) has opened up a 9-point lead over Martha Coakley (D) in the race for governor, 45% to 36%. Key finding: "The poll reflects an October surge in independent voters toward Baker's column....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new American Research Group poll in New Hampshire finds Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) barely ahead of Scott Brown (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 48%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Washington Post: "When onetime White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky broke her silence with a major speech this week, one subject brought her nearly to tears. Lewinsky's voice cracked as she recalled the moment in January 1998 when she was first confronted...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Wall Street Journal: "Nearly $4 billion will have been spent on this year's midterm election, including $2.7 billion spent by candidates and parties and almost $900 million spent by outside groups... That's a stunning figure, making this election by...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Pew Research: "Voter frustration with members of Congress is currently even higher than it was 2010 or 2006. Fully 68% of registered voters say they do not want to see most members of Congress reelected - 14 points higher than in 2010 and 19 points higher...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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South Carolina Speaker Bobby Harrell (R) "pleaded guilty to six counts of use of campaign funds for personal expenses on Thursday morning and has agreed to resign immediately from his House seat," The State reports. New York Times: "Mr. Harrell also...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new Public Policy Polling survey in Michigan finds the race for governor is a dead heat with Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and challenger Mark Shauer (D) tied, 48% to 48%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new Brown University poll in Providence, Rhode Island finds Jorge Elorza (D) leading Buddy Cianci (I) comfortably in the race for mayor, 48% to 37%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new Civitas Poll in North Carolina shows Thom Tillis (R) leading Sen. Kay Hagan (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 42% to 41%.Hagan led in the previous poll by five points....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new Rasmussen survey in Kansas finds Greg Orman (I) still holds a five-point lead over Sen. Pat Roberts (R) in the unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, 49% to 44%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new Rasmussen Reports survey in Wisconsin finds Mary Burke (D) now leading Gov. Scott Walker (R) in the race for governor by one point, 49% to 48%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new Quinnipiac poll in Colorado finds Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) now leads Bob Beauprez (R) in the race for governor, 45% to 44%. Hickenlooper trailed by 10 points in a similar poll last month....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll finds Greg Abbott (R) has a 16-point lead over Wendy Davis (D) in the closing days of the race for Texas governor, 54% to 38%. Said pollster Jim Henson: "The drama of the outcome is not who wins, but what...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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"A Mexican mayor and his wife were 'probable masterminds' behind the disappearance of 43 student teachers last month in the restive southwest," Reuters reports. "The students went missing on Sept. 26 from Iguala in the southwestern state of Guerrero,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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"White House chief of staff Denis McDonough has asked senior aides to tell him if they're going to stick around for President Barack Obama's final two years in office, with a West Wing restructuring after the midterms possible," Politico reports. "The...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new Chicago Tribune poll in Illinois finds Bruce Rauner (R) has surged ahead of Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in the race for governor, 45% to 43%. "The findings represent a sharp turnaround from a similar survey conducted Sept. 3-12 that found Quinn with an...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new Quinnipiac poll in Iowa finds Joni Ernst (R) just ahead of Bruce Braley (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 48% to 46%. Said pollster Peter Brown: "Throughout the campaign, Sen. Ernst has had an edge on likability. If she makes it across the finish line...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball: "The blunt math: Our present ratings leave Republicans with 49 seats and Democrats with 47 seats, with four Toss-ups: Georgia and Louisiana, which both might be heading to overtime, and Colorado and Kansas, where incumbents...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new CNN/ORC poll in New Hampshire shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) barely ahead of Scott Brown (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 47%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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"With Republicans looking increasingly likely to take control of the Senate, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are already considering how they will operate in the chamber if the levers of power are reversed," the Wall Street Journal reports. "For...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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After remarks deemed insensitive to a high school where a student had killed himself, Rep. Don Young (R-AK) doubled-down saying that suicide comes from federal government largesse "saying you are not worth anything but you are going to get something...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "is summoning his top strategists and political advisers to Washington one week after the November election for a strategy session over his widely expected 2016 presidential bid," National Journal reports. "The gathering of Paul's...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A new New England College poll in New Hampshire finds Scott Brown (R) is slightly in front of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 48% to 47%....
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A new Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert College poll in Wisconsin finds Gov. Scott Walker (R) has a slight edge over challenger Mary Burke (D), 47% to 46%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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The DSCC is jumping back into the Kentucky Senate race after stopping its TV ad buy last week, The Hill reports.A DSCC official confirmed the committee plans to spend another $650,000 on TV to bolster Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) against Sen. Mitch McConnell...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll in Colorado finds Cory Gardner (R) leading Sen. Mark Udall (D) in the U.S. Senate race by seven points, 46% to 39%. Said pollster David Paleologos: "As President Obama goes, Mark Udall goes. Obama's unpopularity...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A new St. Leo University poll in Florida finds Charlie Crist (D) leading Gov. Rick Scott in the race for governor by three points, 43% to 40%.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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When Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) was asked to say "a few good things" about his two challengers -- Mike Michaud (D) and Eliot Cutler (I) -- in last night's gubernatorial debate, he was left nearly speechless. Said LePage: "My opponents? I don't know,...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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At a recent event, Gov. Chris Christie (R) "stressed the need to keep Republicans in charge of states -- and overseeing state-level voting regulations -- ahead of the next presidential election," the Bergen Record reports. Said Christie: "Would you rather...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A new Monmouth poll in Iowa finds Joni Ernst (R) with a one point lead over Bruce Braley (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 46%. Key finding: "Early voters support Braley by a 54% to 41% margin over Ernst. However, Ernst has a 50% to 42% advantage among...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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For the first time, Roll Call has tallied the net worth of every member of Congress.
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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"U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds (R) as governor knew his Cabinet secretary, Richard Benda, was going to work for an investor in the Northern Beef Packers plant about the time he approved Benda's proposal to give the plant more state aid -- or found...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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In Michigan's 11th congressional district, Bobby McKenzie (D) has put out one of the toughest attack ads of the cycle in his uphill race against David Trott (R). The Fix: "Trott is an attorney who specializes in foreclosures. The premise of the ad is...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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For the first time in the WBUR weekly tracking poll, Charlie Baker (R) is leading Martha Coakley (D) in the race to become the next governor of Massachusetts, 43% to 42%. Said pollster Steve Koczela: "It's one of several polls which over the last week...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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George P. Bush told Politico that his father, Jeb Bush, will decide whether to run for president in 2016 "very shortly," and that "among the sacrifices he's weighing is putting aside his lucrative business dealings, which reportedly range from chairing...
From: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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