From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests on Tuesday. Many of them have national implications, including a gubernatorial contest in New Jersey and a special congressional runoff in Alabama.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, who represents a district in Maryland that gave the president landslide victories, reports deep resistance among his constituents. He says nearly all of the people contacting his office urge him to vote against U.S. military action.
When it came time to cast the most important vote of his brief Senate career, Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey avoided taking a position. And his vote was all the more puzzling given the circumstances of his election.
Pick any place on the map and you're likely to find dynasty politics in full bloom. And just wait until the 2016 presidential election, where many of the top prospects are from America's most prominent political families.
The former South Carolina governor whose political career seemed to end in ignominy in 2010 defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54 percent to 45 percent. The Republican's career had unraveled following a highly publicized extramarital affair in 2009.
Sen. Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican who was asked to join President Obama's Cabinet as Commerce secretary, has declined the invitation. He announced his decision at a press conference yesterday, claiming it would be "difficult day in and day out to serve in this cabinet." We are joined by Charles Mahtesian, national political editor for Politico.com for more details on Gregg's decision.
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