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.

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A new Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday has Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) 50 percent to 33 percent in the Virginia gubernatorial race. 

The poll's finding is one of the widest leads in McAuliffe's favor in the Virginia governor's race and underscores the increasing margin Cuccinelli has to overcome in the race. The poll also found that libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis has 8 percent support among likely Virginia voters. Meanwhile, just 3 percent prefer another candidate and 5 percent say they are undecided. 

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) delivered an extensive defense of the state's controversial new voter identification law on Monday.

After slamming the Department of Justice's lawsuit against North Carolina as politically motivated and "without merit," McCrory argued in a speech at The Heritage Foundation that the law actually helps to get "the politics out of early voting" and generally represses voter fraud and malpractice.

"But you know, we require a voter ID to get a tattoo, to get Sudafed, to get food stamps, to get on an airplane -- to get almost any government service in North Carolina right now you have to have an ID," McCrory said.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed Midland University President Ben Sasse (R) in the race for retiring Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) Senate seat.

"Ben Sasse is a strong conservative with a proven record of solving difficult problems," Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins said in a statement on Tuesday. "He's an expert on health care policy and will help repeal Obamacare and enact free-market health care policies that lower costs and increase quality. There are other good candidates in this race, but Ben Sasse stands above the rest. He's smart, principled, and he's not afraid to tackle tough issues. Ben Sasse will make Nebraska proud and we look forward to working with the grassroots to help him get his message out."

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) warned his attorney general that he should not publicize his personal opposition to the state's new voter identification laws while also defending them in a lawsuit brought up by the Justice Department.

"Regarding the attorney general, my only comment regarding this is he can have his personal opinion but as a lawyer he should not publicize your personal opinion if you're going to be defending the people who are promoting this commonsense law," McCrory said during an appearance at The Heritage Foundation on Monday. "Good lawyers don't do that."

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Former President Bill Clinton is starting a three day campaign-swing for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on October 27.

The McAuliffe campaign announced Sunday that Clinton go a three-day campaign tour throughout the state in support of McAuliffe. The former president will appear at multiple campaign events for McCuliffe throughout the state. The McAuliffe campaign said it would announce details and locations for Clinton's swing soon.

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One of the most prominent Virginia newspapers decided not to endorse any of the three candidates running in the state's gubernatorial race.

In an editorial published Sunday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said it was endorsing "none of the above" in the race, meaning that Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) or libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis will not get the paper's backing.

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