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Analysis: Cantor Loss Proves All Politics Is Local

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times The stunning primary defeat of Eric Cantor this week was, by any metaphoric measure, an enormous event: an earthquake, a volcanic explosion, a political tsunami. But, at bottom, it also underscored some of the essential truths of politics, none more so than that old chestnut — oft-quoted and ascribed […]

June 11, 2014
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Tuesday’s Primary Will Be A Test Of California’s ‘Top-Two’ System

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Millions of Californians will cast ballots in races for governor and hundreds of other public offices Tuesday in the first full-scale test of a new primary system aimed at curbing entrenched partisanship in state politics. In contests for statewide office, Congress and the Legislature, candidates who finish […]

June 3, 2014
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Groups Pour $20 Million Into TV, Print Ads For California Primary

By Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the June 3 primary election draws near, business interests, labor groups, environmentalists and wealthy individuals have poured more than $20 million into television and radio commercials, mail ads and other campaign aid for their preferred candidates in campaigns for state offices. The vast sums are partly […]

May 28, 2014
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Aiken Maintains Lead; Is Official Democratic Nominee For Congress

By Craig Jarvis, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C. — Clay Aiken will be the Democratic nominee facing Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers for the 2nd Congressional District seat. The final canvassing of votes — a tally of Election Day plus absentee and provisional ballots in nine counties — came the day after runner-up Keith […]

May 13, 2014
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Sudden Death In North Carolina Race Likely Clears Way For Clay Aiken

By David Zucchino and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau DURHAM, N.C. — Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken most likely clinched the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat in North Carolina after the sudden death of the opponent who closely trailed him in last week’s primary. Keith Crisco, a 71-year-old businessman and former state commerce […]

May 13, 2014
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Outcome Of North Carolina Primary Between Crisco, Aiken May Not Be Known For Days

By Craig Jarvis, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C. — Keith Crisco and Clay Aiken kept low profiles Wednesday, the day after the would-be Democratic nominees for a congressional seat from North Carolina were stuck in a contest too close to call. The outcome is on hold until provisional and absentee ballots can be […]

May 8, 2014
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Aiken, Crisco Go Down To Wire In North Carolina Congressional Primary

By Craig Jarvis and Patrick Gannon, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C.—The battle between Keith Crisco, a moderate, business-friendly Democrat, and former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken came down to a very slim margin Tuesday night: As the vote-count neared completion in North Carolina, Aiken led by fewer than 400 votes in the Democratic […]

May 7, 2014
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It’s Tea Party Vs. GOP Establishment In North Carolina Primary

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s primary in North Carolina offers the latest round in the tea party vs. the GOP establishment battle for the U.S. Senate, and so far the establishment appears to be winning. Both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads have thrown their support and dollars […]

May 6, 2014
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Top-Two Primary In California Might Be Bad For Small-Party Candidates

By Seema Mehta and Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times When California voters decided to change the way the state’s primary elections work, the move was cast as an effort to moderate a state Capitol gripped by polarization. If the top two vote-getters in a primary faced off against one another in November regardless of their party […]

April 15, 2014

Florida Set To Play Outsized Role In GOP Nominating Process

WASHINGTON (AP) — Take a breather, Iowa and New Hampshire. Florida is about to get into the Republican presidential race big time, starting with a televised debate Monday in Tampa and ending with an early primary in 2012 that conceivably could wrap up the nomination. It’s quite plausible that front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney […]

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