Sen. John McCain spent $20 million dollars in his fight against conservative talk show host J.D. Hayworth. Will that be enough to win McCain a fifth term? We'll have the primary results in that race and many others across the U.S. tonight on 360°.
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Tonight on 360°, we're following primary battles in five states: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma and Vermont. We'll have live coverage of the results and in-depth analysis from John King and other members of the best political team on television.
It’s been a dirty fight in Florida’s Senate primary between Democrats Rep. Kendrick Meek, from Miami and Jeff Greene, a real estate investor. Meek has questioned Greene's friendships with actress Lindsay Lohan and former boxer Mike Tyson and he called Green a "Meltdown Mogul" for making a fortune in the housing market. Whoever wins faces a battle against Gov. Charlie Christ, a Republican-turned-independent, and Republican Marco Rubio.
In Arizona, John McCain is facing the biggest challenge of his Senate career. McCain was forced to spend $20 million in the campaign against J.D. Hayworth, a conservative talk show host. Hayworth told CNN's Jessica Yellin, "Twice
denied the presidency, Mr. McCain believes that his place in history is to now become the lion of the Senate. Well, you only become the lion of the Senate by lying to your constituents in Arizona." A McCain spokesman responded, "Congressman Hayworth is going to lose this race. It's just sad that he's going down with such little dignity."
While in Alaska, incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, is facing Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, who has the backing of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. In a robocall for Miller, Palin takes aim at Murkowski saying, "Lisa Murkowski has voted with the Democrats more than any Republican up for re-election this year. She waffled on the repeal of ObamaCare, co-sponsored cap and trade and voted for TARP." But is Palin's support of Miller personal? Some think so. Palin defeated Murkowski's father in the 2006 governor's race.
Those are just some of the races we'll be following tonight here in the U.S. We'll have those and much more tonight on the program. We're also tracking developments in Haiti where hip-hop Wyclef Jean is fighting to keep his presidential bid alive. He claims "trickery" is blocking his efforts.
You'll also hear from Shirley Sherrod, who said "thanks, but no thanks" today to an offer for a new job at the Agriculture Department. She still insists the White House was behind the decision last month to ask her to resign after a conservative blogger posted an edited video clip that made the false impression she did not help a white farmer. Will Sherrod now sue the government? Her answer tonight on 360°.
See you at 10 p.m. eastern.
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(CNN) – Former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod insists that the White House was behind the rush decision in July to ask her to resign after a conservative web publisher released an edited video clip that seemed to show her recounting racist behavior on her part. But she left open the possibility that the request for her resignation might not have come from “others working for the president” rather than directly from President Obama.
After a meeting with Sherrod Tuesday morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack repeated his previous assertions that he did not speak with anyone at the White House before deciding to force Sherrod to step down.
Related: Sherrod turns down job offer from Vilsack
"This was my responsibility," he said. "I disappointed the president (and) the country. ... I have to live with that."
But, in an interview set to air Tuesday on Anderson Cooper 360° Sherrod said “I stand by that” when asked about her past assertions that the White House had been involved in the loss of her job.
“I was told that it was the White House and even though – I mean he [Vilsack] did the correct thing. He took the blame. That’s what he’s supposed to do as Secretary of Agriculture but I know what I was told: The White House wanted me to resign. Now whether that came directly from the president or others working for the president, I can’t say. But I know I was told, on July 19, it was the White House.”
In the interview, CNN’s John Roberts also asked Sherrod about Andrew Breitbart, the web publisher who posted the heavily edited video.
Watch more of the interview Tuesday night on Anderson Cooper 360°.
CNN National Political Correspondent
Phoenix (CNN) – On primary day in Arizona, Republican Senator John McCain seemed a man of few words considering his front runner status. Joined by his wife, Cindy, who was wearing a leopard print suit, McCain voted at Phoenix's Madison Camelview Elementary School shortly after 9 a.m. MST. He chatted briefly with school kids and their parents then gave 21 seconds of remarks to the gathered press before refusing to take questions.
The candidate, seeking a 5th term as a U.S. Senator from Arizona, told gathered media: "We're looking forward to a good turnout today and there's already been a lot of early voting. We're confident we're going to win but obviously it isn't over till it's over."
McCain joked about the weather, and promised to "take nothing for granted." As he started to walk away, CNN asked him to respond to his opponent's charge that he'll move to the left if re-elected. The candidate smiled and kept on walking.
CNN Wire Staff
Haitian election officials have rejected hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean's bid to run for president of the Caribbean nation.
Jean's name was not on the list of 19 approved candidates released by Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council on Friday night.
"I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same," Jean said in a statement.
In an interview with CNN shortly after the approved candidates' list was announced, Jean said he was surprised by the news.
"This has come to our party and to our group as a total shock," he said.
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West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN) - Jeff Greene has deep pockets, and just hours before the polls closed Tuesday in Florida, this billionaire real estate investor, turned unlikely Democratic Senate contender, vowed to dig deep if he wins his party's nomination.
That's right - continue to dip into his personal fortune to fund his campaign.
"I will spend whatever it takes to get our message out, and it will be a clear message: a self-made businessman gets results against two career Republican politicians, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio," Greene said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.
The ex-wife of a New Jersey man who disappeared last week has been arrested for killing him, authorities said Monday.
Kathleen Dorsett, 36, of Ocean Township, New Jersey, was charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of fourth degree tampering with physical evidence, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The victim, Stephen Moore, 42, of Manchester Township, New Jersey, was reported missing on August 24 after failing to report for work, the prosecutor’s office said. Two days later, police responded to several 911 calls of a car on fire in Long Branch, New Jersey, authorities said. After extinguishing the flames, firefighters discovered the body of a man in the trunk of the 2001 Nissan Altima, the prosecutor’s office said. The body was later positively identified as that of Moore.
Authorities would not disclose the exact cause of death.
Through the course of the investigation, authorities learned that the Dorsett and Moore were married in 2007 and divorced in 2010, the prosecutor’s office said. It added that the couple had a 20-month-old daughter that Moore was to drop off at Dorsett’s home on the morning of August 16. “Mr. Moore was not seen or heard from again after he dropped his child off at his ex-wife’s residence,” the prosecutor’s office said.
Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Al Valentin said the investigation is continuing and has asked the public for help in pursuing possible additional information surrounding Moore’s death.
Bail for Dorsett was set at $1.5 million. She is being held at the Monmouth county Correctional Institution.
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(CNN) – As voters in five states go to the polls on Tuesday, big-dollar challenges to veteran politicians dominate the top races.
The big storylines: Two billionaire political newcomers spent millions of their own money to try to pull upsets in Florida, Arizona Sen. John McCain is expected to fend off the biggest Republican primary challenge of his Senate career and a little-known Tea Party candidate is taking on an incumbent senator in Alaska.
Voters will also pick the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in a wide-open Vermont race, and decide the runoff winners in two Oklahoma Republican primaries.
Washington (CNN) - With the midterm elections just 10 weeks away, analysts expect big wins for Republicans.
But strategists and analysts say there are some key things the GOP must do to win over the American people and have a chance of taking back control of Congress.
1. Focus on jobs, jobs, jobs