South Carolina officials head to federal court on Monday to defend a controversial new voter identification law, dismissing suggestions the requirement would deny tens of thousands of people, many of them minorities, access to the ballot.
One of the two women making history at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club is a former U.S. secretary of state. The other, Darla Moore, is a former banking magnate and, by all accounts, a force to be reckoned with.
Sure, there are things at stake in Tuesday's recall election for governor of Wisconsin. You need to know only a smidgeon about the politics of Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to be aware of that. You need to have paid only passing attention to the political battle that has engulfed Wisconsin for 16 months to know that.
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.
Now that Mitt Romney has all but wrapped up the Republican nomination for president, the discussion has veered toward potential running mates. Who embodies the conservative credentials Romney is seen as lacking? Who can deliver a battleground state that will put Romney over the top? Who can generate the enthusiasm that will bring not only Republicans, but also independents, to the polls on Election Day?
CNN's Paul Steinhauser takes a look at some of Mitt Romney's prospective GOP running mates.
Anytime James Carville, Paul Begala and David Axelrod hold hands and jump for joy, it's worth pondering how to turn their joy into tears.
A growing number of states are seeking shiny new currencies made of silver and gold.
It was the perfect storm. Newt Gingrich seized on one of the wildest weeks ever in primary politics to win Saturday's South Carolina Republican presidential primary, taking 40% of the vote in a contest that showed Republicans are energized and focused on beating President Obama.
Newt Gingrich's stunningly strong win in the South Carolina primary capped an incredible week in the Republican presidential nominating cycle., but what did we learn from it?
How did Newt Gingrich do in his South Carolina victory speech? CNN analysts debate its significance.
CNN's Joe Johns talks to Ron Paul after his last place finish in the South Carolina primary.
As South Carolina Republicans begin voting in the first primary of the south today, GOP insiders say that all the candidates have had their problems in Palmetto State, one reason why today's outcome has been so hard to predict.
Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul argues against what he calls an "entitlement system."
After two strong debate performances, momentum appeared to shift in Newt Gingrich's favor Friday as a key adviser predicted an almost-certain victory in Saturday's South Carolina primary and longtime front-runner Mitt Romney went on the defensive.
The South Carolina Republican presidential primary is often a free-for-all, but this year's contest probably sets a new standard for volatility. Not surprisingly, Palmetto State GOP insiders see a close finish in the primary Saturday between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to a CNN survey.
Rick Perry's decision to pull out of the Republican primary before the South Carolina vote on Saturday could provide just the boost that Newt Gingrich, or even Rick Santorum, needs to edge out Mitt Romney. Should this happen, would it be bad for the former Massachusetts governor? In the long run, it might actually help him.
Mitt Romney had little to say about new results showing he finished behind Rick Santorum in Iowa. Jim Acosta reports.
As we get closer to the South Carolina primary, the jabs between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are heating up.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry suspended his struggling presidential campaign Thursday and threw his support to Newt Gingrich, a development that could alter the dynamics of the Republican race just two days before the tightening South Carolina primary.
A day before he quit the presidential race, Rick Perry called for more debates to further vet the GOP candidates.
On CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, John Avlon debunks many of the stereotypes about South Carolina and its voters.
We're in the thick of the South Carolina Republican Primary, and all the ugly old stereotypes are being deployed as shorthand for one very beautiful state.
Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour breaks his silence on the controversy over his final pardons.
How do the candidates match up vs. Obama? Gloria Borger has the brand new CNN ORC International Polls and the analysis.
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
For eight consecutive presidential campaigns, from Ronald Reagan's in 1980 to John McCain's in 2008, the winner of the Republican primary in South Carolina went on to win his party's nomination. Not surprisingly, the Republican presidential candidates have begun shaping their appeals to South Carolina voters well before the primary in New Hampshire.
GOP candidate Jon Huntsman says he's dropping out of the presidential race.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman withdrew from the Republican presidential race Monday and endorsed front-runner Mitt Romney, while a supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for him to also drop out for the sake of conservative unity.
In recent days, the South Carolina Republican primary has been referred to as the Super Bowl, ground zero and even "Armageddon." This hyperbole has been matched by the outrageous amount of money being spent here on political TV advertising: $11.3 million.
Saturday's South Carolina primary should be all about the economy.
Marilee Walmer is no fan of Mitt Romney's.
CNN's Joe Johns reports some Republicans think Mitt Romney should deal with the Bain issue now instead of later.
At his campaign events, Newt Gingrich -- the veteran politician who now sees himself as an unlikely political underdog -- blasts the theme song from the 1984 film "The Karate Kid."
Stephen Colbert says he won't be stopped by officials saying it's too late for him to run in South Carolina's presidential primary.
Republican voters in South Carolina are being barraged with campaign ads and more. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.
GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich turns his focus to President Obama and says little about Mitt Romney.
Choose your adjective: Hardball. Bare-knuckle. Down-and-dirty.
South Carolina tea party loyalists aren't rolling out the red carpet for Mitt Romney. CNN's Joe Johns reports.
For most of 2011, South Carolina was the forgotten stepchild of the Republican race.
A federal judge in Charleston, South Carolina blocked Thursday parts of the state's anti-illegal immigration law approved by the legislature last summer.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has scored the endorsement of Bob Dole, who lauded the former Massachusetts governor in an ad Sunday in Iowa's The Des Moines Register newspaper.
Justice Department officials pressed their campaign against an immigration law in South Carolina on Monday, saying the measure passed there this summer unconstitutionally pre-empts federal authority.
As the debate over Texas Gov. Rick Perry mandating the HPV vaccine continues between Republican presidential candidates, a woman whose endorsement is coveted by all them, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, has her own complicated history on the issue.
Arthur Caplan says he'll give $10,000 to charity if Michele Bachmann can produce her HPV victim.
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint says Tea party members have been unnecessarily blamed for the country's problems.
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has become a firebrand, capitalizing on a tidal wave of anti-Washington sentiment that makes him the darling of the Republican conservative base and political dynamite to the party establishment.
Rick Perry aimed Saturday to shift attention from Iowa's straw poll to New Hampshire and South Carolina, where he told conservative activists he is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his announcement to run for president during a conservative conference in South Carolina.
Political writer James Moore says a simple message of "I'm not a Mormon" could help Gov. Rick Perry's presidential run.
Is Rick Perry the new white knight of the right?
CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to John Chambers, the man behind the decision for the S&P downgrade.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty officially announced his candidacy for president Monday in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, kicking off his "truth" campaign.
South Carolina state senators passed a bill Thursday that would make it a crime to create fake immigration documents, not to have one's immigration card or give a false identification.
The battle over union rights in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana has dramatically shifted the budget debate from Capitol Hill to the states, almost overshadowing the threat of a government shutdown in Washington next week.
A prank caller got Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to reveal details of his strategy in his battle over union rights.
A Mississippi proposal wants to honor a Ku Klux Klansmen with a specialty license plate.
The Mississippi NAACP has called on Governor Haley Barbour to publicly denounce an attempt by a Confederacy group to honor a Ku Klux Klan leader, the organization said Monday.
Sen. Jim DeMint tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he's not running for president in 2012.
If a grown man likes to dress up and pretend he's a Nazi killer, is that a problem?
Ohio congressional candidate Rich Iott has come under fire for participating in German SS reenactments.
Call it the "mixed bag" year for women in the midterm elections.
Sen. Patty Murray claims victory in Washington state, giving the Democrats one more seat in the Senate.
Over the past few months, newspapers, websites and cable news programs have implied 2010 would be a year of remarkable progress for women in politics.
Senator Harry Reid says the campaign against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle was one of the toughest of his life.
Democrats have narrowly clung to their Senate majority, staving off Republican wins in several key states, CNN projected, based on its analysis of exit poll data.
Republicans appear to have regained the majority of U.S. governorships, capturing 10 in states where the previous executives were Democrats, according to CNN projections of exit poll data.
After a "brutal 18-month" campaign, governor-elect Nikki Haley thanks fed up voters for her win in South Carolina.
Leaders of the burgeoning Tea Party movement say their projected midterm election victories should send a strong message: watch out in 2012.
Republicans appeared to have regained the majority of U.S. governorships Tuesday night, capturing 10 in states where the previous executives were Democrats, according to CNN projections of exit poll data.
New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino urges supporters to continue fighting for the ideals of their campaign.
The question of whether the Tea Party will have a real impact on American politics (yes!) has evolved into a new debate: Is the Tea Party really about more than taxes?
Editor's note: In 12 days, voters will 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.
Sarah Palin says the GOP is through if it doesn't embrace Tea Party message.
The old proverb "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is one way to describe the 2010 election -- especially when explaining the complicated alliance between Tea Party activists and the Republican establishment.
South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint says the GOP "is dead" if it doesn't deliver on promises, if it gains the majority.
While 2010 might be the year of the Tea Party, a second storyline is the rise of Republican women candidates.
South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis talks about the divide between the GOP and the Tea Party.
What Congress giveth, governors taketh away.
The curtain slammed down on the 2010 primaries Tuesday night crushing centrist Republican Rep. Mike Castle and handing the Tea Party movement a final victory in its battle with the GOP establishment.
Christine O'Donnell's upset win over Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary is also another major victory for the Tea Party Express and for Sarah Palin.
Bill Maher gives his take on the Tea Party, Democrats and the upcoming midterm elections.
U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene, a political unknown who became the surprise winner of the South Carolina Democratic primary, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on obscenity charges.
Tuesday's runoff for Georgia's Republican governor's nomination isn't just Nathan Deal vs. Karen Handel -- it's also Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee vs. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney.
Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes is a step closer to his goal of winning back his old job.
As voters in Georgia head to the polls Tuesday in primary elections, surveys indicate the high-profile battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination appears to be headed to a runoff.
Controversial U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene gives his first major campaign speech. CNN's Jessica Yellin reports.
South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene urged voters Sunday to "get South Carolina and America back to work" in his first major public speech since surprising the political world last month by capturing his party's nomination.
Not all midterm election years are created equal. They are, after all, typically low-turnout and high-intensity affairs, where little changes. But this fall is set to be high stakes and high drama, with great stories dotting the political landscape and control of Congress hanging in the balance.
South Carolina's top law enforcement agency announced Friday that it will not file charges against Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene.
Nikki Haley -- a 38-year old Indian-American state legislator who could become South Carolina's first female governor -- captured the Republican nomination in dominant fashion Tuesday, dispatching her opponent, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, by a more than 30-point margin.
Nikki Haley thanks supporters after winning a runoff to become South Carolina's first female GOP gubernatorial nominee.
South Carolina Republicans made state Rep. Nikki Haley their first female gubernatorial nominee, handing her an easy victory in her primary runoff against U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett -- 65 percent to 35 percent.
Nikki Haley becomes the South Carolina GOP's first female nominee for governor. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
Republican Nikki Haley is expected to win a runoff for her party's nomination in South Carolina's gubernatorial race.
The Republican gubernatorial runoff in South Carolina started with a bang, but it appears the race will go out with a whimper.
Voters in three states head to the polls Tuesday, and in one of those states history might be made:
How did an unknown candidate win the South Carolina Democratic Senate primary race? Jessica Yellin looks for answers.
As political newcomer Alvin Greene calls on South Carolina's Democratic establishment to get behind him, party leaders are calling for an investigation into his surprise win in the state's Democratic Senate primary.