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Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Daniel

The conservative candidate running against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) voted as a Democrat in Mississippi's state primary in 2003, according to records obtained by the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.

The newspaper reported that voting records from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office show that state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) voted in the Democratic primary in 2003. He seems to not have voted in high profile Republican elections including the 2008 presidential primary and 2008 congressional primary.

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The Arizona election official who once apologized for embarrassing the state because of his flirtation with birtherism announced Tuesday he'd be running for governor.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) jumped into the race for governor after more than a year of exploring the run.

Bennett, the state's top election official, made national headlines in May 2012 when he said he would consider keeping President Obama off the ballot unless the President proved he was a natural born citizen of the United States. The move came after birther conspiracy theorists had approached him alleging without any legitimate evidence that Obama's birth certificate was a fraud.

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The race for Sen. Kay Hagan's (D-NC) Senate seat has tightened and now the Democratic senator leads each of her Republican challengers by only a few percentage points, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday. 

The PPP poll found Hagan leading state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) 44 percent to 42 percent, a decline of 15 points from when PPP last polled the race in September. The new poll also found Hagan leading tea partier Greg Brannon 44 percent to 42 percent. Similarly, in a head-to-head matchup with announced Republican challenger Heather Grant, Hagan leads 43 percent to 40 percent. Finally, against Republican Rev. Mark Harris Hagan leads 43 percent to 41 percent. 

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Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) will decide whether he's running for re-election by the end of the month, according to WTVA in Mississippi.

If Cochran decides not to run, the race would open up for state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) to be the likely inheritor of the Senate seat. McDaniel is currently running in the Republican primary against Cochran and has been endorsed by FreedomWorks, the Tea Party Express and the Senate Conservatives Fund. He's also made headlines for attending at least one neo-confederate gathering.

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The latest tallies in the Virginia attorney general race has flipped the lead in state Sen. Mark Herring's (D) favor. 

As of Monday evening, the unofficial results at the Virginia State Board of Elections had Herring leading state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) by 117 votes. Herring has 1,103,610 votes while Obenshain has 1,103,493 votes. That's in contrast from earlier in the day on Monday when Obenshain lead Herring by 17 votes. 

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Tea party challengers to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) may inadvertently be helping to cement his reelection.

Primary contenders for Graham keep coming. As of Friday there were a total of four Republicans hoping to take Graham's seat in 2014. The problem for them is that that the bigger the field, the more the vote against Graham will likely be split, preventing a strong tea party challenger from posing a serious threat to the senior senator from South Carolina.

Here are the candidates running from the right for Graham's seat so far:

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