2012 Elections»

2012 Elections

2012 Elections
Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz greets supporters on July 31 in Houston: Cruz' stunning primary defeat of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst signaled a growing rift between Tea Partiers and the GOP establishment.

Ted Cruz's Texas Senate primary victory: 4 takeaways

A look at why Texas Republicans are sending a political newbie — and not a lieutenant governor backed by the GOP establishment — to vie for a U.S. Senate seat

2012 Elections
National Tea Party groups are throwing their weight behind Ted Cruz in his Texas Senate race against wealthy, establishment-backed Republican David Dewhurst.

The rise of Ted Cruz: Can the Tea Party pull off an upset in Texas?

Against the odds, a grassroots-backed dark horse is storming into the lead against his mainstream rival in Texas' GOP Senate race

2012 Elections
Dana Liebelson

Dana Liebelson: The GOP's make-believe voter fraud epidemic

The Republican war on barely-existent voter fraud threatens to disenfranchise countless American citizens

2012 Elections
The GOP says that Democrats are invading the privacy of Republican rivals by videotaping their homes and posting the footage online.

Video 'stalking' on the campaign trail: Have Democrats gone too far?

Some GOP candidates complain that rivals are invading their privacy by shooting video of their luxury homes and posting it online to turn voters against them

2012 Elections
Mitt Romney campaigns in Cornwall, Pa.: Pennsylvania's new voter ID requirement may prevent nearly 10 percent of the state's registered voters from casting a ballot in Novemeber.

Will a GOP-backed voter-ID law turn Pennsylvania red?

It's been 24 years since the Keystone State picked a GOP presidential candidate, but a move to bar voters who lack a driver's license could help Mitt reverse that trend

2012 Elections
Ron Barber celebrates a victory with Gabrielle Giffords at a post-election event on Tuesday night in Tucson: GOP-leaning outside groups outspent Democratic-leaning ones in this race $1.4 million to $1.1 million.

Democrats hold Gabby Giffords' seat: 5 takeaways

Giffords' former aide Ron Barber wins Arizona's special election to finish out her term, in a preview of how both parties plan to compete in November

2012 Elections
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) holds hands with ex-aide Ron Barber, who is running to serve out the remainder of his retired boss' term.

Replacing Gabby Giffords: Will Democrats hang onto her seat?

The GOP casts Tuesday's race as a referendum on Obama, but may struggle to overcome sympathy for Giffords and the ex-aide running to replace her

2012 Elections
In defense of the Republicans' vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the equal pay legislation would only reward lawyers for filing discrimination suits.

Will the GOP regret blocking equal pay for women?

Republican senators unanimously shoot down an equal-pay bill, a vote that the GOP might come to rue in November

2012 Elections
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker strides onstage to make his acceptance speech after winning the gubernatorial recall election: Walker's win demonstrates just how important swing voters are.

Scott Walker's Wisconsin recall victory: 4 lessons

Wisconsin's Republican governor gets to keep his job, delivering a big blow to organized labor. Still, Democrats may have won a big consolation prize

2012 Elections
Twitter image

The latest tweets about Wisconsin's recall election

Real-time, unfiltered commentary from around the world

2012 Elections
A voter casts her ballot in the California primary Tuesday: For the first time, Democratic and Republican congressional and state candidates will face each other in free-for-all open primaries. The top two vote-getters, even if they belong to the same party, will compete in the fall general election.

California's open primaries: A solution to partisan gridlock?

Californians are testing a new primary system, hoping the switch from party-based primaries will benefit more moderate politicians

2012 Elections
If Democrats fail to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday, President Obama could be at risk of losing the traditionally blue state to Mitt Romney in November.

Wisconsin's recall: Who has the most to lose?

Union-busting Gov. Scott Walker faces a dramatic recall election on Tuesday, and the stakes are "absolutely massive" for politicians and donors on both sides

2012 Elections
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is on a mission to prevent non-citizens from voting, but the information he is using to target potential frauds may be inaccurate.

Florida's voter purge: Discriminatory?

The Sunshine State is pulling out the stops to prevent non-citizens from voting, but critics say it's all an excuse to suppress the perfectly legal minority vote

2012 Elections
With some signs pointing to a win for Gov. Scott Walker, Obama isn't "willing to risk being too closely associated with a defeat" just months before the presidential election. 

Wisconsin recall: Should Obama have campaigned?

Combative Gov. Scott Walker's race in the Badger State is tight, and critics say a presidential appearance might have made all the difference for the Left

2012 Elections
Bill Clinton: Knight in shining armor? The former president will try to work his campaign magic in Wisconsin, where Democrats hope to oust controversial Gov. Scott Walker.

Can Bill Clinton win the Wisconsin recall for Democrats?

After heavy lobbying from increasingly nervous Democrats, the Big Dog is lending his campaigning heft to the effort to recall union-busting Gov. Scott Walker

2012 Elections
Mitt Romney in San Diego on May 28: Romney finally secured the Republican presidential nomination, but Donald Trump was the one everyone was watching on Tuesday.

The 'ho-hum' Texas primary: 4 takeaways

The Lone Star State mints the Republican nominee, pushes forward a Tea Party insurgency, and fails to wrest the spotlight away from The Donald

Subscribe to the Week