With just over a month until the 2014 midterm elections, can any of these five underdogs finish strong enough to become a U.S. senator?
Most pollsters agree on the seven "toss-up" races that will determine control of the Senate: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas and Louisiana.
The Washington Post currently gives Republicans a 77 percent chance of winning enough of those states to hold a majority of Senate seats. The New York Times gives them a 78 percent chance and Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight puts them at 58.3 percent. The RealClearPolitics "no toss-up" map currently predicts Republicans will gain seven seats, which would give them a 52-47 majority. more >>
Retired neurosurgeon and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson, criticized the newly modified AP U.S. History curriculum being taught in America's high schools joking on Monday that after completing the course students would want to "sign up for ISIS."
"I think most people when they finish that course they would be ready to go sign up for ISIS," Carson said to laughter from the audience. "I mean, this is what we are doing to the young people in our nation."
He was speaking at the Center for Security Policy's National Security Action Summit. more >>
WASHINGTON — The Family Research Council, a social conservative Christian advocacy group, announced Saturday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won the annual Values Voter Summit straw poll for the second consecutive year, while retired neurosurgeon and best-selling author Ben Carson finished first in the polling for vice president.
Cruz earned 25 percent of the vote for president, while Carson finished five percentage points behind him earning 20 percent of the vote. Carson won the poll's vice presidential voting with 22 percent, 8 percentage points ahead of Cruz. Cruz earned 228 presidential votes, while Carson earned 179.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee finished third in the presidential voting with 12 percent, while Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal finished third in the vice presidential voting at 11 percent. more >>
New polling shows that the Republicans hold a slight edge over Democrats in enough key midterm Senate races to give the GOP control of the Senate.
With Republicans needing to take back six seats from Democrats to win back the majority in the Senate, A New York Times/CBS News/YouGov online survey of more than 100,000 likely voters, finds that Republican challengers hold leads in eight states for Senate seats currently held by Democrats, and no Democrats are leading in a state currently held by a Republican.
Although YouGov's survey still forecasts very tight contests and there are currently 10 races determined by no more than six percentage points, The New York Time's Upshot forecast has a 61 percent chance of a GOP-controlled Senate. FiveThirtyEight, a polling aggregation website, predicts that Republicans to have a 65.1 percent chance of winning back control of the Senate. more >>
Upset with how the Obama administration has handled recent global conflicts such as the rising threat from the Islamic State, Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared to suggest he has an increased interest in seeking a 2016 presidential bid.
Cruz said in an interview on Sunday with ABC News that aired on "This Week" where he heavily criticized President Barack Obama's leadership and his lack of urgency in dealing with the terrorist group ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, that the situation has caused him to more deeply consider a presidential run.
Cruz, who is in his first term, argued that the United States needs a leader that will not only lead within the American borders, but also must be capable of maintaining power and presence on the global front. more >>
Barack Obama's announcement that he will delay executive action on immigration until after the midterm elections in November has drawn severe criticism from Latino and immigration groups, who say the president has put politics before people.
"President Obama let the politics of fear get in the way of standing up for justice and fairness," says Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.
"It is ironic that at a moment when immigrants, Latino and Asian-American communities have shown their strength — at the ballot box, at the workplace and in their communities — the president has chosen to stand instead with politicians and others who prefer a short-term gain," Hincapié says in a statement. more >>