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Published: 06/13/10

Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter, Artur Davis: Can Centrists Survive?

By  Carl M. Cannon - Politics Daily
Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter, Artur Davis: Can Centrists Survive?

So far, 2010 has been an eventful, and sometimes perilous year for independent-minded politicians -- and would-be party kingmakers. This dual lesson keeps being relearned in primary after primary, all over the country, and in both parties. The evidence ranges from the unhorsing of Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah to the rejection -- first within the Republican Party then in the Democratic Party -- of iconoclastic Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. The rebuff of Rep. Artur Davis in his bid for governor of Alabama is part of this story. So is the intraparty knife fight that Sen. Blanche Lincoln...

Published: 06/9/10

Nevada Senate Race Will Be Tea Party vs. Obama Showdown

By  Steve Friess - AOL News
Nevada Senate Race Will Be Tea Party vs. Obama Showdown

LAS VEGAS (June 9) -- With the landslide victory of ex-Assemblywoman Sharron Angle as the Republican picked to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada is now officially host to the purest battle between the ideologies of the tea party and President Barack Obama. Angle, who sat at a measly 5 percent in the polls in April before the national umbrella group Tea Party Express endorsed her and funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into her campaign, garnered 40 percent of the GOP vote to crush one-time front-runner Sue Lowden by 14 points. Isaac Brekken, AP Sharron Angle celebrates...

Published: 06/9/10

Is the Tea Party Losing Its Strength?

By  David Corn - Politics Daily
Is the Tea Party Losing Its Strength?

What a surprise: The Tea Party is not as popular as it once was. That was part of the news contained in a Washington Post/ABC News poll released this week. (The other hardly shocking and bad-for-Democrats news: only 29 percent are inclined to vote for their current representative in Congress.) Fifty percent of the respondents said they hold an "unfavorable impression" of this conservative, anti-Obama, anti-government movement -- an increase from 39 percent in March (when the health care reform slugfest was under way). Those with a favorable view dropped from 41 to 36 percent, and those folks...

Published: 06/8/10

Primary Election Results: 3 Biggest Shockers-in-the-Making

By  David Knowles - Politics Daily
Primary Election Results: 3 Biggest Shockers-in-the-Making

As voters in 12 states await the results of Tuesday's primary elections -- the biggest yet in this electoral season of American discontent -- a handful of races promise to give pundits plenty to talk about come Wednesday. Surge Desk previews the potential headlines most primed to shake up the current political order. 1. Tea Party Favorite (and Scientologist?) Sharron Angle Wins in Nevada One of the stranger narratives of the 2010 campaign came when one of Angle's two opponents, Sue Lowden, cut an ad that questioned Angle's ties to the Church of Scientology. Angle, who has been endorsed by...

Published: 06/8/10

Races to Watch in Today's Primary Elections

By  Steve Pendlebury - AOL News
Races to Watch in Today's Primary Elections

(June 8) -- It's the busiest day of the 2010 primary season, and even the most ardent election enthusiast might feel overwhelmed. Voters in 11 states, including California, Nevada, South Carolina and Arkansas, are deciding the November match ups in some closely watched Senate, House and governors' contests. Lots of sites have rundowns of the most important races to watch -- so many that it's hard to keep all the lists straight. Here are some of the common themes from those guides to help you sort out tonight's election results. Open Season on Incumbents? Danny Johnston, AP Democrat Blanche...

Published: 06/7/10

Tea Partiers Swap Nasty E-Mails in Nev. Senate Race

By  Steve Friess - AOL News
Tea Partiers Swap Nasty E-Mails in Nev. Senate Race

LAS VEGAS (June 7) -- A long-brewing feud between tea party factions over Tuesday's Nevada Republican primary election has boiled over into bitter e-mail exchanges in which activists are lambasting one another as "turncoats" and "representative of a liberal mentality." The dispute pits representatives of the Tea Party Express, the national group that has endorsed Sharron Angle to be Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid's fall opponent, against Nevada activists who resent outside groups trying to influence an election in which several of the leading candidates have laid claim to tea party...

Published: 06/7/10

Primary Voters in a Dozen States Will Shape the Midterm Ballot

By  Carl M. Cannon - Politics Daily
Primary Voters in a Dozen States Will Shape the Midterm Ballot

Voters go to the polls on Tuesday in 11 states and a single congressional district in Georgia in a series of primaries that will help fill out the November lineup in what is shaping up as a memorable midterm election year. The choices they make in this week's races will help determine the identities the Democratic and Republican parties present to voters this fall, when control of the House and Senate is at stake. The most crucial contests Tuesday are statewide gubernatorial and Senate races in South Carolina, Arkansas, Nevada and California. The rest of the Tuesday calendar, looking at the...

Published: 06/6/10

Nevada Senate: It Could Be Tea Party Favorite Sharron Angle vs. Harry Reid

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
Nevada Senate: It Could Be Tea Party Favorite Sharron Angle vs. Harry Reid

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle is on a roll. The former assemblywoman is surging in late polls of the state's three-way Senate primary battle. She has backing from the deep-pocketed Club for Growth and grassroots Tea Party Express. She even made Joe the Plumber's short list – one of only seven candidates he endorsed this year out of more than 150 requests. "The other 143 or so were just worthless," the Everyman of Campaign 2008 explained on a Tea Party Express fundraising radiothon the other night. Angle, he said, is the genuine article: "She was conservative before conservative was...

Published: 06/6/10

Sharron Angle in Lead for GOP Senate Nod in Nevada

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Sharron Angle in Lead for GOP Senate Nod in Nevada

State Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, the come-from-nowhere Tea Party favorite shooting for the GOP nomination to oppose Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has a significant lead heading into Tuesday's primary, although the number of voters still undecided has edged upwards, according to a Mason-Dixon poll conducted June 1-3 for the Las Vegas Review Journal. Angle leads businessman and former college basketball star Danny Tarkanian 32 percent to 24 percent with onetime frontrunner, former state GOP chair Sue Lowden, at 23 percent. Three other candidates share 7 percent, 2 percent of voters...

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