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Voters reject Tea Party candidate in Alabama

A mainstream Republican rolled past a tea party activist Tuesday in the GOP runoff for a southeast Alabama congressional seat that Republicans hope to reclaim. Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby was drawing 60 percent in the unofficial count in the 2nd Congressional District GOP runoff Tuesday against Rick Barber, a former Marine who operates a Montgomery pool hall that hosts tea party meetings. Roby will face conservative Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright in the fall. Bright’s win in 2008 marked the first time the GOP had lost the seat since 1964. In other races, self-described outsider state Rep. Robert Bentley
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Gibbs: GOP could win control of House

Republicans  could win control of the House of Representatives in elections in November, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs acknowledged on Sunday. “There is no doubt there are enough seats at play that could cause Republicans to gain control, there is no doubt about that,” Gibbs told NBC’s “Meet the Press” talk show when asked whether the Democrats would maintain their majority in the House. All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs in the November 2 election as well as 36 of the 100 seats in the Senate. President Barack Obama will have a tougher time pushing his
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Democrats, Republicans take different tacks for election

Democrats and Republicans are framing the elections in starkly different terms, with GOP strategists painting it as a national referendum on President Barack Obama and the party in power, and Democrats working feverishly to make all politics local. The outcome will help determine whether Republicans take control of the House, the Senate or both. It also may profoundly affect Obama’s agenda for the next two years. Republicans have every reason to try to nationalize the Nov. 2 election, when voters will fill all 435 House seats, 36 Senate seats and 37 governorships. Democrats succeeded in the elections of 2006 and
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Tea Party: Moving from enraged to engaged

Bill Warner is hardly a naive man. He ran his own engineering firm for three decades, and sold the assets just before the economy tanked. He built his dream home on a majestic hill abutting a national park, back when the housing market was steady. While some neighbors have since been foreclosed upon, Warner is resurfacing his flagstone deck. And so he understands that in the world of politics, his little group — the Lincoln Club of the Morongo Basin — is but a molecule in the figurative drop in the bucket of power and influence. Its stated purpose is
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Palin won’t just fade away

Sarah Palin isn’t going to fade away. Someone else in her position might have. Two years after the vice presidential nomination made her a star, the 2008 campaign is fading in memory. She’s not even Alaska’s governor anymore; she abruptly resigned that post a year ago. But she’s evolved into an enduring political personality writ large — and now the talk, growing louder, is of her own run for the White House in 2012. She’s still a phenomenon. She can command weeks of headlines for a single Facebook observation — see health care “death panels” — and six-figure speaking fees
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Right wingers raise $8 million

A conservative activist group says it raised more than $8 million in June to help conservative candidates and causes ahead of midterm elections in November. American Crossroads and its new affiliate, American Crossroads GPS, hope to raise more than $50 million by Election Day. Both groups are associated with former Republican White House aides Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie. American Crossroads President Steven Law said Wednesday that the two groups together raised nearly $8.5 million in June, much of it solicited from wealthy donors by Rove and Gillespie. His organization reported raising $1 million in April but just $200 in
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GOP group plans multi-million dollar election effort

In a campaign season of anti-establishment ferment, some of the Republican Party’s best-known insiders are building an ambitious fundraising machine for the fall elections and beyond. They started with a bang in April, cashing a $1 million check from a Texas oil magnate. After a quiet May, friends and foes are watching to see if the new organization’s core group, American Crossroads, can reach its goal of raising $52 million by November. Karl Rove, who was President George W. Bush’s top political strategist, and Ed Gillespie, a former Republican Party chairman and White House aide, modeled their network on successful
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Primary results showcase 2010 themes

South Carolina Republicans nominated a tea party-backed Indian-American woman to run for governor and a conservative black man to run for Congress from the former Confederate state. Another incumbent congressman lost. So did a Senate hopeful chosen by Washington Democrats. Themes of the November midterm elections popped up in the handful of primaries and runoffs held Tuesday in four states, the latest cluster of contests to determine matchups for the midterm congressional elections just over four months away. It’s shaping up to be an anti-establishment year, with angry voters casting ballots against candidates with ties to Washington and the national
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Tea Party split over Utah Senate race

Utah tea party supporters united in May to achieve one goal: defeat three-term U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett at the Republican state convention. They succeeded in that, but settling on his successor has proved harder. Illustrating how fractured the tea party movement is in Utah, one of the founders of the state’s tea party movement, David Kirkham, endorsed front-runner Tim Bridgewater on Monday. Attorney Mike Lee, 38, had already picked up the support of the California-based Tea Party Express, which is weighing in on primary races nationwide. A lot is at stake. Whoever wins Tuesday’s GOP nomination should cruise to victory
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GOP support of BP: A godsend for Democrats?

The White House is relishing what it sees as “a political gift” — GOP criticism of the administration for pushing BP for a $20 billion compensation fund — and warning of the danger if voters put big business-backing Republicans back in power. With people angry over government spending and corporate bailouts, Democrats face the possibility of larger-than-usual losses in midterm elections and could lose control of the House or Senate — or both. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel seized on the words of a few Republicans in defense of BP to make a larger point about what a
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