"If Michelle Nunn wins...we can keep on doing some good work."12:37 PM, Oct 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Barack Obama called into an Atlanta radio station to urge Georgia voters to elect Michelle Nunn to the U.S. Senate so that the president can "keep on doing some good work."
"If Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate, and that means that we can keep on doing some good work," said Obama on V-103, an urban contemporary radio station. Listen to the audio below:
Nunn is in a tight race for Georgia's open Senate seat against Republican David Perdue. The state leans Republican, and Nunn will need to motivate the Democratic party's black base to turn out if she hopes to win on Election Day, or at least hold Perdue to a runoff. But Nunn also needs to win over white swing voters in Georgia by downplaying her connection to Obama, who is overall unpopular in the state.
The state Democratic party is also reportedly distributing a mailer to encourage black voters to vote. The flier features a photograph of young children protesting the fatal shooting of a young black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and entreats those reading to vote to "prevent another Ferguson."
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11:42 AM, Oct 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ron Klain, the Democratic political operative tapped by President Obama to run the federal government's response to the Ebola virus outbreak, recently worked as a political adviser to Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democrat running for the U.S. Senate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Ron Klain starts work tomorrow as President Barack Obama’s Ebola “czar,” or point person to coordinate various agencies involved in containing the outbreak.
11:01 AM, Oct 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tom Harkin, the longtime Democratic senator from Iowa who is retiring at the end of the term, spoke with the New York Times about the Hawkeye State's Senate race. Harkin seems to take it as a given that Republicans will gain control of the Senate, even as his fellow Iowa Democrat, Bruce Braley, is mired in a difficult campaign to succeed him.
2:59 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the New Hampshire Senate race from Suffolk University finds Republican challenger Scott Brown within three points of Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. According to the poll of likely voters, Shaheen has 49 percent support to Brown's 46 percent support. Shaheen's job approval/disapproval rating is an even split at 46 percent. Brown's favorable and unfavorbale ratings are 39 percent and 48 percent, respectively.
8:20 AM, Oct 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Mark Udall may be trying to have it both ways on the issue of Common Core standards in education. In an interview with ABC-7 News in Denver, the senator from Colorado was asked a series of questions designed to elicit simple, one-word answers. Reporter Marc Stewart asked this: "Is Common Core good or bad for Colorado students?"
"Yes," replied Udall. Watch the video, from Friday, below:
8:43 AM, Oct 17, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis of North Carolina targets his Democratic opponent, Kay Hagan, for voting for the federal stimulus bill that awarded a grant to a company owned by Hagan's husband. Watch the video below:
"Days after Kay Hagan took office, she pushed Obama's stimulus bill," says the ad's voiceover. "Grants tucked away in Obama's stimulus paid the Hagans. She's 96 percent for Obama, 100 percent for herself."
Udall calls Gardner "Senator."9:34 AM, Oct 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Cory Gardner leads incumbent Democrat Mark Udall in the fourth straight poll of the U.S. Senate race in Colorado. The new Quinnipiac poll of likely Colorado voters finds Gardner ahead of Udall by 6 points, 47 percent to 41 percent, while 8 percent support an independent candidate. With that independent discounted and in a head-to-head match-up, Gardner leads 49 percent to 44 percent.
Says travel ban "won't contain the epidemic."7:01 AM, Oct 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
North Carolina senator Kay Hagan said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is "giving us great guidance" on how to deal with Ebola virus infections here in the United States. The Democrat, who is up for reelection, praised the CDC and the World Health Organization in a Wednesday press conference in Charlotte.
4:44 PM, Oct 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A video tracker for the opposition research firm America Rising asked Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn whether she voted for President Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Nunn, who is in a close race to fill the open Georgia Senate seat, refused to answer the direct question.
"Ms. Nunn, did you vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012?" the tracker asked.
10:54 AM, Oct 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the Colorado Senate race from CNN has Republican challenger Cory Gardner leading sitting Democrat Mark Udall by 4 points. Gardner is earning 50 percent support from Colorado likely voters, his highest rating yet, with Udall earning 46 percent support.
8:14 AM, Oct 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Michelle Nunn leads her Republican opponent David Perdue in a new poll of the U.S. Senate race in Georgia. The 11Alive poll, conducted by SurveyUSA, found Nunn with 48 percent support to Perdue's 45 percent.
The poll also found Georgia's governor's race tied between incumbent Republican Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter, at 46 percent.