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Chutzpah Alert: Driehaus Won't Commit To Pelosi

In a move that pits him against the liberal Democratic base just weeks after asking it for money, Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) became the latest member to say he won't commit to voting for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to be Speaker again.

In a chat with Cincinnati.com readers, Driehaus, who is facing former Rep. Steve Chabot (R) in a rematch this year, was asked if he would back Pelosi if Democrats retain the majority next Tuesday.

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 4:27pm

Farewell to 'Precinct Reporting'

For as long as anyone can remember, television networks and the Associated Press have reported votes on election night by saying, "With x percent of precincts reporting ..." But, this method of reporting election results is about to go the way of the VCR.

Starting Tuesday night, the results of statewide races will be reported by giving the percentage of "expected vote." The votes reported at the state level at any given time will be divided by the estimate of the total votes that will be cast in the state to come up with the percentage of expected votes.

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 1:18pm

GOP Poll: Obama Unpopular In Perriello's District

Republicans are pointing to internal polling that suggests that Pres. Obama will do more harm than good for Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello this evening when Obama holds a rally for him in Charlottesville, Va.

The polling suggests that Obama's visit could do more to rally the base of Perriello's challenger, state Sen. Robert Hurt (R), than help Perriello's chances.

According to Republican polling obtained by Hotline On Call, Obama holds higher disapproval ratings in Virginia's 5th District than he does nationwide.

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 12:58pm

Angle's Closing Argument: Obama

If there was any question about whether this midterm election is a referendum on Pres. Obama and his policies, Nevada GOP Senate contender Sharron Angle removed any doubt with a blistering new ad on Friday.

Of course, there have been a myriad of ads tying Democrats to Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). But none have gone as far as Angle is in her latest spot. Angle even goes so far as attempting to steal the "change" mantle from Obama.

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 10:17am

Starting Lineup: Senate In Play?

Good Friday morning. Four days to go! Here's what is on the radar today: Dems show their concerns about keeping the Senate, Sharron Angle (R-Nev.) up four in a new poll, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) clears his conscience, Pres. Obama props up Tom Perriello (D-Va.), the Cook Political Report puts more House Democrats on alert and Rep. Walt Minnick's (D-Idaho) meth ad. Seriously.

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 8:29am

The Road Ahead: 2011 Virginia Elections May Foreshadow 2012 Results

While political junkies can only speculate about what will happen during the 2012 elections, there will be one important leading indicator next year for how the 2012 environment is shaping up.

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 6:39pm

The Moments that Made the Midterms

Democrats did not start this election cycle in a position to lose their House majority. Republicans didn't begin the cycle in a position to pick up so many seats. On the contrary, media outlets were writing the GOP's obituary and lauding the unbeatable Pres. Obama.

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:52pm

Dem, GOP Insiders Agree: Whitman, Strickland Going Down

Beat The Insiders

We asked National Journal's Political Insiders what to expect in the midterms. Republicans are the overwhelming favorites to capture the House but will fail to win the Senate. See what else we asked and try to beat the insiders at their own game of punditry. Play now »

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 3:52pm

Dem Hail Mary #2 In Ky.: A "Stomp" Ad

Updated, 3:00 p.m.

Kentucky Democrats are throwing another hail mary in the Senate race, going up with a one-minute ad that features the footage of a Rand Paul (R) supporter stepping on a MoveOn.org volunteer.

The ad is dark and tries to tie the incident after the last Senate debate to Paul's issue positions. "The Rand Paul Stomp" displays on the screen as "end student loans" and "end mind safety laws" are displayed below.

"Rand Paul. Stomping on you. Stomping on Kentucky," the ad concludes.

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 3:33pm

Dem Insiders Divided On Chances in Penn., Ill. Senate Races

Beat The Insiders

We asked National Journal's Political Insiders what to expect in the midterms. Republicans are the overwhelming favorites to capture the House but will fail to win the Senate. See what else we asked and try to beat the insiders at their own game of punditry. Play now »

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 2:41pm