It was the dog days of August when Rep. Joe Sestak announced his bid against incumbent Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who had the backing of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), the state party organization and almost every key labor union. Many national party leaders believed the backing of such prominent figures would overcome doubts about the more than 28 years Specter spent as a Republican representing Pennsylvania in the Senate. But those party leaders at the so-called "grass tops" have not exactly nailed down support for Specter at the true grass-roots level.
May 17, 2010; 7:20 AM ET |
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The establishment candidates for the U.S. Senate could lose on both the Democratic and Republican side Tuesday in primaries to replace retiring Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R), an outcome that would further illustrate the appeal of running as an outsider in the 2010 election cycle.
Perry Bacon Jr.
May 17, 2010; 6:51 AM ET |
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Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, aiming to upend Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Tuesday's Democratic primary, said he is aiming for a "clean victory" but would be happy to make it into a runoff.
May 17, 2010; 6:36 AM ET |
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A pair of carefully worded early-morning statements released by the national Democratic political leadership demonstrates the delicate dance underway as the protracted battle for the Democratic nomination draws to a close. --Paul Kane
Dan Balz sat down with Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) yesterday to talk about the Democratic...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic National Convention organizers have launched the "Green Delegate Challenge," which offers incentives to the delegation that does the most to offset its carbon footprint. --Juliet Eilperin