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In Florida Primaries, Rubio Wins, Grayson Loses

Patrick Murphy will challenge Rubio in November

(Newser) - Florida's high-profile Senate race is set in November: Marco Rubio will defend his seat against challenger Patrick Murphy, a Democratic congressman. Rubio beat millionaire developer Carlos Beruff on Tuesday, the only major GOP candidate to stay in the race after Rubio decided to run for re-election two days before... More »

In Crazy Year, Don't Forget About the Bizarre Race in Florida

Alan Grayson, Patrick Murphy, and Marco Rubio fight it out in Florida

(Newser) - Most of this year's political attention is, of course, focused on the race for the White House. But a piece at New York calls attention to the "second strangest campaign of the season," the race for a Senate seat in Florida. On the Democratic side, it features... More »

Allen West Finally Concedes

After 2 weeks of recounts and court battles

(Newser) - Allen West finally threw in the towel this morning. He handed the House seat to challenger Patrick Murphy following two weeks of court appearances and two partial recounts that ultimately increased the distance between the two candidates in the incredibly close race. "There are certainly still inaccuracies in the... More »

After Clamoring for Recount, Allen West Losing Harder

Meanwhile, Dems accuse Gov. Rick Scott of interfering in race

(Newser) - It looks pretty clear at this point that Tea Party favorite Allen West did not win re-election to his House seat in Florida, but he's not giving up—and now, Democrats say, even Gov. Rick Scott has interfered in the race, WPTV reports. The Florida secretary of state—who... More »

Bachmann Holds On to Her House Seat

But a recount is possible; Tea Partier Allen West in tight race

(Newser) - In a nail-biter of a close race, Michele Bachmann appears to have overcome a strong challenger and held onto her Minnesota House seat, the St. Cloud Times reports. The Tea Partier was ahead of hotel executive Jim Graves by 50.5% to 49.3% with 98% of precincts reporting when... More »

Iraq Vet to Spearhead Reversal of 'Don't Ask'

Rep. Murphy steps in as bill's sponsor

(Newser) - The battle to ditch the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays is being led by the first Iraq veteran to serve in Congress, the Los Angeles Times reports. Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy has taken over as sponsor of a bill that would allow gays to openly serve... More »

Affleck Mixes Politics, Film in State of Play

(Newser) - Ben Affleck returns to the ranks of leading men next week in State of Play, starring as a congressman entangled in a murder investigation. The high-profile liberal activist is out promoting the thriller—and so eager for ink that he talked politics with the Wall Street Journal. Some highlights:
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Pa. Primary Turns Politics of Race On Its Ear

Prominent Dems cross racial lines to back their candidates

(Newser) - The upcoming primary in Pennsylvania pits two of the state's prominent young Democrats against each other in a battle that seems to defy the normal conventions of race and politics, USA Today reports. Philadelphia's popular black mayor is pushing hard for Clinton in the city, where Obama is nearly a... More »

Congress' Only Iraq War Vet Backs Obama

Ex-paratrooper's endorsement seen as blow to Clinton

(Newser) - The only Iraq War combat vet in Congress endorsed Barack Obama yesterday, saying, "I'm inspired by his call to action to change how business is done in Washington." Pennsylvania's Patrick Murphy, who served as a paratrooper in Baghdad in 2003 and 2004, has worked with Hillary Clinton... More »

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