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2016 race may be ‘very tight,’ Ready for Hillary leader says

onpolitics.usatoday.com — While Ready for Hillary, the grassroots organizing group, tries to give Hillary Clinton an advantage for a 2016 presidential run, one of Clinton's longest-serving advisers says the "right Republican ticket" will still make the 2016 presidential election "very tight," "If they put up the right ticket, it could come down to being very, very, very hotly contested ...

2014 Election Day wins may help Christie in 2016

usatoday.com — When Larry Hogan, only the third Republican to be elected governor of Maryland in 50 years, gave his victory speech Tuesday night, he thanked his running mate, his wife and his dad - but not before he thanked New Jersey Gov.

Governors: Voters judge them 'on their state's economy'

usatoday.com — Rematches, grudge matches and the limits of cost-slashing austerity were on the ballot across the country as voters went to polls to choose more than two-thirds of the nation's governors.

More voters track politics via cell phone

onpolitics.usatoday.com — More than twice as many voters use their cell phones to get political news and follow candidates this year compared with the midterm election of 2010, says a new opinion survey from Pew Research Center. This year, 28% of voters have used their phones for political news, compared with 13% in 2010, the survey says.

Changes to voting laws may complicate key races

usatoday.com — A flurry of court decisions has altered the voting landscape for midterm elections, leading Democrats to fear some voters will be at best confused and at worst unable to vote in states with close races. Recent court decisions have cut the hours of early voting and eliminated same-day registration in Ohio and in North Carolina, where Democratic Sen.

Maine gov. candidate: OK to vote for someone else

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Independent candidate Eliot Cutler, stalled in opinion polls in a three-way race for Maine governor, stopped short Wednesday of dropping out of the race but told his supporters they should switch their votes if they feel he cannot win. Democrats backing Rep. Mike Michaud have accused Cutler of being a spoiler.

Pelosi: Low profile, major figure in 2014 elections

usatoday.com — Looking for Nancy Pelosi as the campaign season draws to a furious close? Best place to find her is in a Republican ad or at a Democratic fundraiser. Pelosi, the House Democratic minority leader and former speaker, has been keeping a fairly low profile on the Democratic campaign trail, much like President Obama.

'Best American' writing in comics, stories, more

usatoday.com — Jennifer Egan, editor Mariner, 325 pp. *** out of four Perhaps it won't surprise a modern reader to discover that the world of the contemporary short story is a grim one. And yet the serious reader may even be cheered by this state of affairs. Who wants lollipops and puppies?

Black lawmakers anchor Democratic Southern voter push

usatoday.com — NEW ORLEANS - After two hours of singing, praying and preaching that rattled the rafters at Beacon Light International Cathedral, Rep. Marcia Fudge took her turn on stage. "You are here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break.

Both parties' bigwigs jump into N.H. Senate race

usatoday.com — MANCHESTER, N.H. - The election coming up in three weeks is not a presidential primary, but sometimes it's hard to tell. Wednesday, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney greeted an enthusiastic crowd at a metal-fabricating shop where he filmed a TV spot for his run in 2012. Thursday morning, conservative favorite Sen.
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Nov 22, 2014

Last weekend Wabash-Depauw, this weekend Harvard-Yale; aka my season of watching little white guys play football. #benefitsofcable

Nov 21, 2014

RT @gregorykorte: Don't read the comments. Never give a mouse a cookie. Don't spit into the wind. And never argue with an egg avatar.

Nov 21, 2014

2016 race may be 'very tight,' Ready for Hillary leader says usat.ly/1xc6fOy via @usatonpolitics

Nov 21, 2014

OH in press file: "I think we follow each other on Twitter." #howjournosmakefriends

Nov 20, 2014

RT @SusanPage: File under: Not really a surprise. RT @sbg1: So turns out Washington reporters don't dress well enough for Buckingham Palace's liking.

Nov 20, 2014

Two men united in their distate for the IRS. RT @jaketapper: .@RandPaul and @TheRevAl had breakfast today pic.twitter.com/P3x8Z33KTR

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