Could the national conventions become more than just political rallies? That's what one political expert predicts with the Federal Elections Commission ruling that will allow people to text donations to the campaign of their choice.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican hero for austerity measures that stripped collective bargaining rights from most public unions, spent a final day campaigning before Tuesday's recall election that brought lots of outside interest and money to the state.
John King and Reince Priebus discuss Rick Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign and what that means for the GOP.
Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for president, saying the race is over but he'll continue to fight.
A unique look at how the GOP candidates are going about winning women voters.
A bungled break-in, Deep Throat, a defiant President Richard Nixon declaring, "I am not a crook."
In the first of this two-part edition of Explain it to me, Tom Foreman explains how presidential hopefuls raise money.
As Americans read about the flood of private money that is going into the current presidential campaign, most can't help but shake their heads in disgust about how our democracy functions.
Newcomers to politics get a feel for what it costs to run for office. CNN's Athena Jones reports
Political newcomer Ken Vaughn is betting big on his own run for Congress.
A 2008 McCain campaign playbook provides GOP rivals with vivid details of Mitt Romney's political "flaws."
After complaining about a barrage of negative ads that has put his campaign into a tailspin, Newt Gingrich, supported by some super PACs, is waging a bloody last stand in South Carolina against the clear GOP front-runner, Mitt Romney. Gingrich's drop-off and his look to negative ads as a way to revive his standing shows just how powerful the role negative advertising plays in our modern day campaigns.
Jon Huntsman bows out attacking negative campaigns before throwing support behind Mitt Romney. CNN's Joe Johns reports.
Herman Cain tells supporters at his campaign headquarters in Atlanta that he is suspending his campaign.
CNN's Erin Burnett takes a closer look at Herman Cain's new political campaign ad.
The presidential campaign fundraising numbers being reported paint a picture of what's to come over the 13 months until the 2012 election: A flood of television ads, cross-country bus tours and a lot of handshakes.
The Republican Leadership Conference wraps up Day Three in New Orleans. CNN's Barbara Hall reports
There are three ways to run for president these days.
The path to the White House used to begin often with a fancy public event where the candidate, flanked by his or her (usually his) loved ones, gave a full-throated declaration of his or her candidacy for president amid balloons, confetti and patriotically colored bunting.
As President Barack Obama kicks off the 2012 money race with a series of well-publicized re-election fundraisers in Chicago, Democratic operatives are quietly crisscrossing the nation to raise big money for new independent expenditure groups.
CNN's Jessica Yellin looks at the major influence independent groups will play in the 2012 election.
Then Sen. Barack Obama announced his White House bid in February, 2007 before a crowd in chilly Springfield, Illinois.
With a short video on BarackObama.com, the sitting president of the United States has launched his bid for re-election.
A look back at candidates who announced on TV they'd run for president, and then eventually won.
Mississippi governor Haley Barbour has been credited with orchestrating many of the GOP's key midterm wins.
If every end results in a new beginning, then the start of the next race for the White House begins now.
Along with a Republican victory, the conclusion of the midterm elections will bring about a hiring bust for political jobs.
Here's what you need to know right now as results come in for Tuesday's midterm election:
Between now and Election Day, candidates for public office will remind us how impossible it is to separate politicking from eating. Food is everywhere on the campaign trail. Large-scale dinners raise millions of dollars for candidates. Empty pizza boxes litter campaign offices, reminders of the power of pepperoni to fuel volunteers' efforts.
Editor's note: There are six days to go before voters cast ballots in the hotly contested midterm elections. In this special feature, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.
President Obama embarks Wednesday on his longest campaign swing of the midterm election season, with top adviser David Axelrod saying that "nobody has as big a megaphone as the president" and that he plans to use it aggressively to lay out the stakes for November 2.
President Obama has recently blasted the influx of money from undisclosed donors flowing into the midterm campaigns. He repeated a claim, which major media outlets have not been able to substantiate, that foreign funds may have been used in the United States.
Michelle Obama makes an appearance in Milwaukee, stumping for Sen. Russ Feingold.
With his party's control of Congress teetering on the brink of disaster, an unpopular president decides in the final days to roll out his best asset: his wife, whose own approval ratings soar 20 percentage points higher than his.
The California governor's race has devolved into a skirmish over the word "whore."
Gloria Allred said she has proof that Meg Whitman knew more about her housekeeper's citizenship than she is revealing.
His papers filed, the mayoral candidate reportedly heads directly to a gun shop
After last week's primaries, the national media tried yet again to figure out what the results mean for the national political landscape. Writing for Politico, John Harris reported that the primaries had brought good news for President Obama and Democrats.
While Democratic candidates have not openly said President Obama is not welcome on the campaign trail, actions speak louder than words.
Congressional Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday that would ban foreign-controlled companies and most firms receiving either government contracts or federal bailout funds from spending money on U.S. elections.
Still reeling from Tuesday's shocking upset in the Massachusetts Senate race, the political class got hammered again Thursday by the Supreme Court, which, for all practical purposes, outlawed campaign finance rules and made the already irrelevant Federal Election Commission obsolete.
The Supreme Court has given big business, unions and nonprofits more power to spend freely in federal elections, a major turnaround that threatens a century of government efforts to regulate the power of corporations to bankroll American politics.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reached an important milestone Wednesday in her quest to pay the debt from her failed 2008 presidential bid: For the first time in eight months, her campaign committee reported having more money in the bank than it owes.
New poll numbers in New Jersey spell more trouble for Gov. Jon Corzine's bid for re-election. The poll could also be a sign that the country's severe recession may take a toll on incumbents running for re-election.
Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton had $6.4 million in presidential campaign debt at the end of November, according to a report filed Saturday with the Federal Election Commission.
Larry talks with Gov. Sarah Palin about her political future, reflections on the campaign and thoughts about Sen. McCain.
Former Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said she is optimistic about Barack Obama's incoming administration and that she prays for the president elect and his family.
Each month in 2008, CNN Student News will be "Talking Democracy" by introducing an election-year topic on the show and online. From caucuses to conventions and primaries to polls, CNN Student News will be breaking down these election-year concepts for students and teachers.
CNN Student News explores the right to vote and an iReporting classroom chimes in with reasons to exercise it.
Barack Obama reflects on his time campaigning around the country and thanks his supporters.
Despite the discouraging polls, the GOP candidate isn't acting like he's the loser
When 100,000 people turned out in St. Louis recently to hear Barack Obama speak, his campaign's ability to organize such a massive rally in a red state owed much to the deft use of digital technology from a company called Distributive Networks.
In the final days before the election, the strategy in battleground Virginia has shifted from getting people registered to making sure they show up to vote.
Virginia Republicans and Democrats amp up their get-out-the-vote efforts before Election Day. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.
Sen. Barack Obama will take a break from campaigning Thursday so he can visit his ailing grandmother in Hawaii, an Obama spokesman said Monday.
Sen. Hillary Clinton said Sen. John McCain should stop being so negative.
Sen. Hillary Clinton appeared Tuesday on "American Morning" with CNN's John Roberts to discuss the presidential campaign, the financial crisis and her views on electing a woman to the White House.
Former President Bill Clinton talks to Obama supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Sen. Joe Biden teamed up with the Clintons on Sunday for a rally in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
A campaign at war with itself cannot fight its opponent effectively.
Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama began to formally prepare for their first debate only this week, but their campaigns began negotiations months ago with the Commission on Presidential Debates.
A record number of Americans are expected to pull the lever long before November 4
Sarah Palin did not visit troops in Iraq, a spokesperson for the Republican vice presidential nominee confirmed Saturday, as new details emerged about the extent of the Alaska governor's foreign travel.
Sen. John McCain and vice presidential running mate Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned in northern Virginia for the first time on Wednesday, drawing a crowd of more than 20,000 people to a park in the sturdily Democratic county of Fairfax.
CNN's Candy Crowley reports the campaign trail has grown nasty as the race grows tighter.
CNN's Suzanne Malveaux looks at Obama's first day out on the campaign after the conventions.
Sen. John McCain defended his campaign Thursday for saying that Sen. Barack Obama is playing the race card.
Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama and the major political parties supporting their presidential bids have amassed campaign war chests totaling almost $200 million, according to campaign finance documents filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.
Preston on Politics talks to CNN TV advertising consultant Evan Tracey about the candidates' TV campaign strategies.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on the buzz surrounding Barack Obama's possible VP choices.
The day after Jim Johnson resigned from Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential candidate vetting committee, Sen. John McCain set his sights on Eric Holder, one of the two remaining members of the committee.
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign begins the hunt for a running mate. CNN's Jessica Yellin looks at possible contenders.
Several close friends and supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton said they are seeking a "graceful exit strategy" for Clinton from the race for the Democratic nomination, possibly as part of a joint ticket for the White House.
Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign rejected suggestions Sunday that Sen. Hillary Clinton is staying in the race in hopes of brokering some kind of agreement with the likely Democratic nominee.
CNN's Carl Azuz discusses the finer points of campaign finance and how much one can donate.
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At a campaign stop in Indianapolis, Sen. Hillary Clinton reiterated that she would stay in the presidential race.
Republican Ron Paul is winding down his presidential campaign, but he says there's still something to fight for.
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred with each other over negative campaigning, health care and free trade Tuesday, a week before key primaries in Texas and Ohio.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean accuses GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of skirting election laws.
Sen. John McCain's campaign said the Republican presidential hopeful has the "constitutional right" to opt out of the public election funds program.
John McCain's schedule today calls for a flight from Washington to Wisconsin. A town hall meeting in Oshkosh, a second one in La Crosse and a dinner in Milwaukee. Then, the Republican presidential front-runner flies home to Arizona.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at how the presidential candidates are keeping fit.
Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he is backing Sen. John McCain in his bid for the Oval Office.
This isn't the race Clinton expected to be running. Now she's retooling her campaign, betting it all on Texas and Ohio
If he sweeps today's Potomac Primaries as expected, many observers think he'll be close to unstoppable
The founder and former CEO of Black Entertainment Television apologized Thursday to Sen. Barack Obama for what appeared to be veiled comments this week regarding the Democratic presidential hopeful's acknowledged drug use as a teenager.
BET founder and Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson speaks in Columbia, South Carolina, about Sens. Clinton and Obama.
For months, much of the finger-pointing over negative campaigning in the Republican presidential race has been directed at Mitt Romney.
Fred Thompson reflects on his recent debate performance, rival Mike Huckabee and his campaigning style.
In the final hours before the Iowa caucuses, candidates are trying to gain the support of the undecided and make sure their supporters show up.
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton raised a record "over $100 million" for her Democratic presidential bid, her campaign reported.
With 4 days to the Iowa caucus, Suzanne Malveaux highlights the closing arguments for democratic presidential hopefuls.
In South Carolina, the question still lingers: Could an eleventh hour endorsement for president by Mark Sanford, the state's Republican governor, put a GOP hopeful over the top?
Sucker punches and below-the-belts can be expected as we enter the slugfest season of political attack ads. They're already taking off the gloves for what promises to be nasty 2008 campaigns that use the newfound enormous strength and reach of the Web.
A look at three political attack ads. The first by Bill Hillsman, second by John Lapp, and third by Mark McKinnon.