September 19th, 2012
08:58 PM ET

The battle for the U.S. Senate: GOP candidates steer clear of Romney comments

It wasn't long ago, just a few months ago in fact, Republicans were optimistic they could reclaim the majority in the Senate. They only needed to flip four seats.

Romney's effect on Senate race

There are eight states Republicans were optimistic they could keep or carry. Now a number of those states are toss-ups with Democrats actually leading in several of the states including Virginia, Missouri, and Massachusetts.

Our Senior Congressional Reporter Dana Bash is OutFront.

Filed under: 2012 Election • News • Politics
September 19th, 2012
08:45 PM ET

Super PAC Economy: "Toothless watchdogs asleep at the switch," says Avlon

Despite President Barack Obama's lead in new polls, he has been outspent pro-Romney Super PACs. John Avlon has been looking at the Super PAC economy all week and how the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are powerless to stop the dark money abuse.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon is writing a series of reports on the influx of cash into this year's campaigns for the Daily Beast in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Campaign Finance • Politics • Super PAC Economy
September 19th, 2012
08:36 PM ET

Obama slips in foreign policy poll

United States Defense Secretary Leon Panetta finished a high-stakes visit to China Wednesday, stressing to the country's vice president Xi Jinping  that a U.S. military buildup in the region should not be seen as a threat.

Panetta visits amid China-Japan dispute

An NBC Wall Street Journal polls shows President Barack Obama's approval rating on the issue of foreign policy falling 12 points among independents after the attacks on United States compounds in the middle east.

Is the president losing his footing on what is becoming one of the biggest issues of 2012?

OutFront tonight: Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager.

Filed under: 2012 Election • China • Foreign Policy • Issues 2012 • National Security • Politics
September 19th, 2012
08:25 PM ET

Family of slain Dallas woman sues over 911 call: 'This can never happen again,' says sister

The family of a Dallas woman who was found dead in her home two days after she contacted 911 during a domestic violence attack filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Dallas on Wednesday. FULL POST

Filed under: Crime
September 19th, 2012
08:17 PM ET

New CNN Poll: Obama has an 8-point lead in Romney's birth state

To win re-election, President Barack Obama needs to hold his ground in a lot of swing states.  A new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday shows President Barack Obama opening a 52% to 44% lead over Mitt Romney in Michigan. It's an a 8-point margin lead among likely voters in Michigan.

OutFront tonight: CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King.

CNN Poll: Romney trailing in birth state

It's the state where Mitt Romney was born and where his father served as governor, but a new poll indicates President Barack Obama is leading the Republican nominee in the race for Michigan's 16 electoral votes.

According to a CNN/ORC International survey (PDF) released Wednesday, 52% of likely voters in Michigan say if the presidential election were held today, they'd vote for the president, with 44% saying they'd cast a ballot for Romney. The poll is the second in a week to indicate Obama with a lead. The president was up 47%-37% over Romney in an EPIC/MRA poll released last week. But polls conducted earlier this summer indicated a closer contest.


Filed under: 2012 Election • News • Politics
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