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 accuser at the center of a report over whether Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign sought to pay African-Americans $15 a pop for their vote in the runoff of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate now says that state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) communications director, Noel Fritsch, paid him to give an interview on the later disputed report on vote-buying. But the man, self-styled Reverend Stevie Fielder, said he never said that he was told to lie about his allegation.

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Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), who is trailing incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz by a slim margin in the Hawaii Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, warned of voting irregularities in the precincts that have been hit by Hurricane Iselle last week.

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There were two surprising pieces of news out of Hawaii over the weekend. The first was the decisive defeat of Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D). The other was the tiny margin of votes separating incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Hawaii Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, despite the fact that polling for most of the race showed Schatz with a comfortable lead over Hanabusa.

As of early Monday morning eastern time Schatz was leading Hanabusa by a razor thin 1,635 vote lead or 49.3 percent to 48.6 percent, according to The Associated Press's count of the election results. That's a small margin and doesn't totally mean Hanabusa is done. Here are a number of factors that could still decide the Senate primary.

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