November 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - With the concession of the Republican in the North Dakota Senate race, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp becomes the uncontested winner, and the 20 th woman to join the upper chamber in the new Congress, setting a record. Republican Rep. Rick Berg conceded the race Wednesday in Fargo during a luncheon meeting of party members, declining to seek a recount for the race that was decided by fewer than 3,000 votes. “We see no reason to believe that the result of this election will change over the course of the official certification process,” Berg said in a statement.
February 2, 2012 |
The number of states with a clear Republican advantage doubled in 2011, part of a larger trend of states shifting into the GOP column, according to new Gallup data. Since 2008, the number of states classified as "solid Democratic" dropped from 30 to 12; 10 states are now "solid Republican," up from four. The designations are based on interviews with more than 350,000 adults in all 50 states over the course of the year. Respondents are asked whether they identify with or lean toward one party or another; states called "solidly" Democratic or Republican are those in which one party has an advantage of 10 percentage points or greater.
September 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday afternoon passed by voice vote the Republican version of the Buffett Rule. The bill, which probably won't be picked up by the Senate until after the November elections, would allow Americans to check a box on their tax forms and voluntarily donate money, in addition to their normal tax liabilities, to pay down the national debt. The original Buffett Rule, supported by President Obama, failed in the Senate in April. That bill would have required those making $1 million or more annually to pay at least 30% in taxes.
February 13, 2012 |
President Obama for the first time has opened a sizable lead over his most likely Republican opponents, thanks to growing support among independent voters, according to a new Pew Research Center poll . The poll, released Monday, showed Rick Santorum in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race. Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, has moved up as a result of his backing from tea party Republicans and white evangelicals. He led Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, 30% to 28% among Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters in the survey, which was conducted Feb. 8-12 and had a margin of error of 5 percentage points.
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February 11, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO -- With more than half the votes counted Tuesday night, Councilman Kevin Faulconer had a sizable lead over Councilman David Alvarez in the special election to replace former Mayor Bob Filner. Faulconer, 47, a Republican, was leading Alvarez, 33, a Democrat, by 57% to 43% among the 166,599 ballots that were mailed in or brought to the elections' department before Tuesday's balloting. Assuming that the overall turnout is in the range of 40%, as many political pros expect, those 166,599 ballots would account for about 60% of the overall vote.
February 8, 2012 |
The road to the Republican presidential nomination just got longer, steeper and less predictable. Mitt Romney is still the prohibitive front-runner as the race heads now to Arizona and Michigan. He alone has the financial and organizational wherewithal to stay in the race and fight in every contest through the last big day of balloting, on June 5. But by losing three out of three Tuesday contests to Rick Santorum - two of them in blowouts - Romney underlined several of the weaknesses of his candidacy, starting with his failure to connect with the GOP's most conservative voters.