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Wisconsin Results Stem The GOP Tide

While the final outcome of Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court race likely won't be known until after a recount, one result is already in: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his allies suffered a political loss.

Before the drawn-out controversy over Walker's collective bargaining reforms, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser seemed poised to cruise to reelection. Prosser won 55 percent of the vote in the February 15 primary, while Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg finished with just 25 percent.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1:37pm

Murphy Doubles Bysiewicz's First Quarter Haul

Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will report that he has doubled the first quarter fundraising haul of his Democratic opponent in the Connecticut Senate race, former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz's (D). Murphy announced Wednesday that that his campaign will report raising $1.1 million in the first quarter 0f 2011. Bysiewicz announced last week she will report raising over $500,000 during the first three months of the year.

Bysiewicz indirectly acknowledged that Murphy would likely outraise her when she announced her total.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1:33pm

CNN To Host October Debate In Nevada

The Western Republican Leadership Conference has selected CNN to host a GOP presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 18, the network announced Wednesday.

The debate will coincide with the WRLC's four-day conference in Las Vegas the week of October 17.

CNN is co-hosting two other debates in 2011. One will be on June 7 in Manchester, New Hampshire and the other will be on September 12 in Tampa, Florida.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:58am

Dueling Polls in WV GOV Primary

A poll released Wednesday by the gubernatorial campaign of acting-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) shows him leading Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) by 14 points. The poll follows a survey conducted several weeks earlier by the Tennant campaign indicating a closer race.

In the Global Strategy Group (D) poll conducted for Tomblin, the acting governor leads Tennant 36 percent to 22 percent.

The Tennant poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D), shows Tomblin leading Tennant 31 percent to 27 percent.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:30am

Kloppenburg Takes Lead In Wisconsin

In the Wisconsin Supreme Court race that is still too close to call, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, the favorite of liberal activists and unions, has taken the lead over Justice David Prosser, the Republican-favored candidate.

With all but three precincts in the state counted, Kloppenburg leads by a mere 224 votes, 739,574 to 739,350.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:02am

What's Up With Missouri

If you've been following politics in Missouri lately, you've probably found the Show-Me State has looked a lot more like the "Show-Me-The-Scandal-State."

Most recently, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), a likely gubernatorial candidate, was forced to explain spending over $35,000 of taxpayer money to pay for hotel stays in St. Louis, giving him a far more expensive tab compared to other statewide elected officials.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 9:48am

Hotline Sort: Tight As A Tick In Wisconsin

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. On Tuesday, President Obama and Republicans emerged from a meeting without an agreement as the threat of a government shutdown looms. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Supreme Court race is too close to call, with under 600 votes separating the two candidates. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 7:40am

Video: What Do Charlie Sheen And The GOP Have In Common?

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty thinks the Republican party and Charlie Sheen have one thing in common,"...winning!"

Jon Stewart doesn't think Democrats are going to get what they want by calling the Tea Party, "extreme."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast Forward to 1:10 to see how George W. Bush is spending his retirement. Then let us know what else Sheen and the GOP have in common in our Late Night Poll!

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 7:38am

Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Remains Tight

The high-stakes Wisconsin Supreme Court race remained very tight early Wednesday morning, without a declared winner.

At the time of this post, state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser led Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg by just under 2,000 votes: 727,440 - 725,534, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1:53am

Wasserman Schultz Will Lead DNC

President Obama has selected Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as his choice to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, the committee announced Tuesday.

"I am so honored and humbled to be President Obama's choice to serve as the next DNC chair, and I look forward to seeking approval by my colleagues on the Democratic National Committee to serve in this important role," said Wasserman Schultz, in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 5:29pm