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Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign checklist

Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign checklist

A look at preparations by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: Nondenial denial: “It’s something I’ll consider at the end of this year.” — May, on…

Not much for Jimmy Carter to do in grandson’s campaign

Not much for Jimmy Carter to do in grandson’s campaign

Inside a small Baptist church packed with out-of-state visitors wanting to hear from former President Jimmy Carter, one of the most eager listeners may have been his grandson, Jason. The…

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

With most of this year’s Senate primary elections complete, Democrats talk boldly about their chances in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Republicans gaze hungrily at Oregon and Colorado. Time for a…

GOP mainstreamer to face Warner in Senate race

GOP mainstreamer to face Warner in Senate race

Former presidential adviser and lobbyist Ed Gillespie won the Republican nomination at the state party convention Saturday and will face Democratic Sen. Mark Warner in the general election in November.…

Even Eric Cantor has a tea party primary challenge

Even Eric Cantor has a tea party primary challenge

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could be the next House speaker, but first he has to get past a little-known, tea party-backed challenger with a vocal following in Tuesday’s…

Faith raises its ugly, intolerant head in S.C. primary

Faith raises its ugly, intolerant head in S.C. primary

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s six Republican primary challengers frequently and loudly question whether he’s conservative enough. But, in a deeply religious state, they haven’t questioned his faith. Graham’s opponents have…

Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday…

Primay derby day in eight states

Primay derby day in eight states

A nursing home scandal and a vow to “make ‘em squeal” in Washington are at the center of Senate Republican primaries in Mississippi and Iowa Tuesday, as voters in eight…

GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

Another prominent Republican gathering, more evidence of the dueling legacies of President Ronald Reagan overhanging the party as it tries to widen its reach and avoid extending its presidential losing…

Bitter GOP race over Thad Cochran’s Senate seat

Bitter GOP race over Thad Cochran’s Senate seat

Mississippi’s Senate primary has morphed from a high-profile proxy for the national fight between the tea party and establishment Republicans into an ad war driven by clandestine images of Sen.…