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Cotton Rises in Arkansas

This fall, Republicans hope to claim Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District, one of the few Democratic redoubts in the South. Six-term incumbent Mike Ross is retiring, and the state legislature has redrawn the district’s lines to incorporate…

Obama’s Arkansas Problem

In West Virginia, federal inmate Keith Judd recently swiped 42 percent of Democratic votes from the president, indicating the level of dissatisfaction among the rank and file. And according to a Talk Business–Hendrix College poll conducted on May…

Defending Cruz

The Texas Conservatives Fund, a super PAC supporting Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the state’s Republican Senate primary, is attacking his main rival, former state solicitor general Ted Cruz. In a television ad airing throughout the Lone …

Senate Free-for-All in Minnesota

On Friday, roughly 2,200 Minnesota Republicans will assemble at their party’s state convention in St. Cloud to nominate a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Three men are vying for the nomination: Kurt Bills, a state representative from Rosemount; Pe…

Why Lugar Lost

Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana lost his party’s nomination tonight because he had lost touch with the party’s grassroots.  
Since his election to the Senate in 1976, Lugar had cut a profile as a moderate Republican: He had supported the…

Mourdock Closes In

Indianapolis — On the eve of Election Day, state treasurer Richard Mourdock is a picture of composure. Late in the afternoon of May 7, he arrives at a get-out-the-vote rally at Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette, Ind., t…

Dick Lugar Fights for His Political Life

Indianapolis, Ind. — “Dick Lugar’s not been up in this area for a long time,” says Diane Miller. A Republican from Albion, Ind., Miller is running for local office, as is half the audience, it seems, at the Noble County GOP&rsqu…

Lugar the Unknown

In March, the Marion County Election Board declared Senator Dick Lugar ineligible to vote in Indiana, the state he’s represented in Congress since 1977. Lugar sold his home in Indianapolis decades ago, and he currently resides in McLean, Va. True…