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Mitt Romney: Todd Akin should drop out of Senate race

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling on Republican Todd Akin to abandon his U.S. Senate bid in the Midwest state of Missouri after the congressman’s comments about rape.

GOP image still muddled, a year after suggestions

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WASHINGTON — The Republican Party’s image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party’s appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012. “The …

Competition from Ohio blamed for Indiana casino tax revenue drop

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INDIANAPOLIS — Officials are expecting Indiana’s state government to see a big drop in casino tax revenue over the next two years because of competition from new casinos in Ohio. The latest state revenue forecast projects the state’s annual casino tax revenue to decline by …

Pence inner circle includes old, new hands

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INDIANAPOLIS — Inside the Indiana Statehouse, people will occasionally joke that Gov. Mitch Daniels is the always smartest man in the room. Taken literally, the surface statement is accurate. But the punch line stems from Daniels’ management style, which is centered on his assessments of …

GOP wins pair of Indiana House seats from Democrats

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans have won two Indiana House seats from Democrats in their bid to strengthen their control of the General Assembly. Republican Richard Hamm defeated Democratic Rep. Phil Pflum of Richmond and Republican Dale DeVon won an open seat given up by retiring …

Messer defeats Bookout, wins Pence’s 6th seat

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former state leader of the Republican Party and school choice supporter will succeed Mike Pence as Indiana’s 6th District representative in Congress. Former state Rep. Luke Messer defeated former Democratic Delaware County Council member Bradley Bookout on Tuesday to win the …

Romney brings Indiana back into Republican fold

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FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — Mitt Romney brought Indiana back into the Republican fold Tuesday, reclaiming a traditionally GOP state that was usurped by Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 on his way to his first term as president.

Four years ago, Obama became the first Democratic …

Mourdock gets final push

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INDIANAPOLIS — Tea party advocates in Indiana who aced their first test by ousting U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in May likely face a much tougher final exam Tuesday as they work to push Republican Richard Mourdock to victory. Volunteers with Hoosiers for Conservative Senate lined …

GOP pursues last chances to upend Senate Dems

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans vigorously pursued their last, best, chances for taking control of the Senate — Pennsylvania topped their list — as Democrats remained cautiously optimistic that they’d retain their narrow majority after Tuesday’s suspense-filled elections. In the final days of a caustic campaign …

At the end, Romney, Obama spar over voter revenge

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MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — Reaching for the finish line, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama embarked Saturday on the final 72-hour haul of their long, grinding quest for victory, swatting at one another over what should motivate Americans to vote, which candidate they can …

Ind. superintendent race a showdown over ed policy

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A traditionally sleepy race for Indiana’s top elected school position has turned into a referendum on education policies that are endorsed by conservatives across the country. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, a Republican, earned a national reputation by helping Gov. Mitch Daniels push through …

Storm wreaks havoc on presidential race

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CELINA, Ohio — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama frantically sought to close the deal with voters with precious few days left in an incredibly close race as this year’s October surprise — an unprecedented storm menacing the East Coast — wreaked …

Powell standing by Obama in 2012 presidential race

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican, is sticking with President Barack Obama in this year’s election. He told CBS’ “This Morning” he respects fellow Republican Mitt Romney but thinks he’s been vague on many issues. Powell said the president …

Obama assails Romney in bid for women’s vote

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TAMPA, Fla. — A scratchy-voiced President Barack Obama powered through a sleepless drive to get his supporters to vote Thursday and planned to set an example by becoming the first president to cast his own ballot ahead of time. With a new Associated Press-GfK poll …

Ind. GOP Senate candidate stands by rape comment

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Wednesday that he is standing by his statement that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape “that’s something God intended.” He says some people have twisted the meaning of his comment. Mourdock said in a …

Mourdock: God at work when rape leads to pregnancy

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NEW ALBANY (AP) — Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says when a woman is impregnated during a rape, “it’s something God intended.”

Mourdock was asked Tuesday during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest. …