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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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) holds a commanding lead over his tea party challenger, according to a new poll.

The NBC News-Marist poll released Monday found McConnell leading tea party challenger Matt Bevin 57 percent to 25 percent among likely Republican voters. That finding comes about a week before the Kentucky primary and follows recent polling which has shown McConnell with a wide lead over Bevin.

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A round of new polls shows Democrats in three high profile Southern Senate races in surprisingly good shape.

The polls, from NBC News and Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, as well as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, show the Democrats in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky either leading their expected Republican opponents or running essentially neck-and-neck with them.

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In another sign that the Georgia GOP primary is not playing out as originally expected, two of the top tier candidates are targeting dark horse businessman David Perdue in new TV ads.

In a race that had been dominated by three Republican congressman — Reps. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun — Perdue (pictured) has been an also-ran until recent polling showed him competing closely and in some cases leading the race. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel has also come on as a contender, according to recent polls.

The two new ads from Kingston and Gingrey play off of an earlier ad by Perdue's campaign depicting the rest of the field as crying babies.

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A third candidate in what was long seen as a two-person race for the Nebraska GOP Senate nomination has tea partiers worried.

Sid Dinsdale (pictured), the wealthy banker who has won less attention than Midland University President Ben Sasse or former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, is suddenly under attack from prominent outside conservative organizations just ahead of the Nebraska Republican Senate primary on May 13.

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Opposition to the tea party has returned to its all-time high, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday.

Gallup, which has been tracking opposition since 2010, found that 30 percent of those surveyed said they opposed the tea party while 22 percent said they supported the movement. A larger 48 percent said they had no opinion.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has relentlessly criticized conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch for pouring millions into right-leaning causes. But with another billionaire Republican funder, Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, Reid said the same criticism isn't deserved.

"I know Sheldon Adelson, he's not in this for money. He's not in this to make money, he's in this because he's got certain ideological views," Reid said in an interview with MSNBC which aired on Thursday. Reid said Adelson's views on certain social issues actually align with Democrats.

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