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SC House: Inglis Loses; African-American GOPer Wins

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC 04) became the third House Member to lose re-election this cycle, as he was unable to overcome a poor showing in the primary and was destroyed in his runoff tonight against Spartanburg Solicitor Trey Gowdy (R), 72-28%, with 68% of precincts reporting.

Gowdy led the primary, 39-28%, and considering that subpar performance a runoff win by Inglis would've been considered a miracle. If these %ages hold up, Inglis will have picked up no support between the primary and runoff.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 8:40pm

Haley Wins SC GOV Runoff

State Rep. Nikki Haley (R) won a runoff election on Tuesday for her party's nomination to replace outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford (R).

Just 2 weeks after a primary election in which she came close to avoiding a runoff, Haley easily dispatched Rep. Gresham Barrett (R). In the primary, Haley won 49%, far outpacing Barrett's 22%. In Tuesday's runoff, with 61% of the vote reporting, Haley led by a 64%-36% margin.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 8:32pm

Norton Releases Positive Polling

A new survey conducted for ex-CO LG Jane Norton's SEN campaign shows she leads the GOP primary over Weld Co. DA Ken Buck, contradicting the most recent public polling. But even Norton's poll contains potentially troubling news for the one-time frontrunner.

Norton leads 39%-33%, according to her survey. That result stands in stark contrast to a public poll conducted for the Denver Post last week that showed Buck leading by double digits.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 4:25pm

Steele: Don't "Demagogue," "Demonize" Wall Street

RNC chair Michael Steele defended Wall Street as the creators of wealth in a combative interview today while urging the Obama admin not to "demonize" and "demagogue" against a system that plunged the economy into recession.

In a stop on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Steele attacked government spending and the admin, all while urging more trust in Wall Street.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 3:42pm

Greene, Meek Trade Charges Of Culpability

In their first head-to-head meeting this morning, financier/developer Jeff Greene (D) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) accused each other of responsibility for the mortgage crisis and of profiting from the misery of FL residents, all while arguing the other one attacked their family members first.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 3:03pm

Obama Administration Unveils Plan to Knock Off Counterfeiters

The Obama administration signaled a new get-tough approach to intellectual property enforcement with the release today of the nation's first comprehensive plan for combating pirated goods. Drawing on input from at least six federal agencies, the U.S. Copyright Office, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and more than 1600 public comments, the plan features 33 recommendations for action. The release of the 61-page document was applauded by a wide array of stakeholders, including the U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 2:44pm

Angle Fills Out Political Team

NV Assemb. Sharron Angle (R) is slowly turning her campaign into a professional operation, bringing on key staffers and consultants who will help her target Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid this fall.

A look at some of the firms and consultants she has on her team:

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 2:11pm

Twitter-ific

Hotline editor Amy Walter writes:

This was supposed to be a column about how much I detested Twitter. How it's responsible for the death of thoughtful journalism and it's a celebration of our ADD culture.

But a funny thing happened as I prepared to rip into Twitter. I kinda got hooked.

Here's why:

• It's functional. I'm looking for information, fast. And I hope that folks are looking the same from me. A quick look at my list of those I'm following gives me an unfiltered look at the news, opinion and analysis coming from sources that I know and trust.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 1:23pm

Giannoulias And The Killer Crossover

IL Treas. Alexi Giannoulias (D) enjoys playing up his time as a professional hoopster, but his glory days in college didn't amount to much, according to NCAA statistics.

And Giannoulias, running to replace retiring Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), will admit it: "I had a killer crossover that wasn't -- I tried to copy Tim Hardaway's, but it didn't really work," he told the Chicago Tribune in '08.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 12:48pm

McCain: McChrystal Comments "Inappropriate"

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), along with 2 colleagues, says comments attributed to Gen. Stanley McChrystal in a new story in Rolling Stone are "inappropriate" and cross a line in the traditional relationship between a president and the military.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 12:05pm