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The runner-up in Mexico's presidential election said Friday he still won't accept a vote count, even after the country's electoral tribunal upheld the legality of the election and officially declared Enrique Pena Nieto as the winner.

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At convention, GOP leaders reflect U.S. diversityupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 14:53:00

When the Republican National Convention kicks off this week in Tampa, Florida, the nation will notice one thing before anything else: This is not your father's or grandfather's Republican Party. Rather, it's a party with leaders as diverse as the country it intends to represent.

Will money buy the White House?updated: Thu Aug 23 2012 16:48:00

In case you haven't noticed, this election season is awash in money.

U.S. voting rights under siegeupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 17:11:00

Viviette Applewhite, a 93-year-old African-American woman from Philadelphia, suddenly cannot vote. Although she once marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for the right to do so, and has dutifully cast a ballot for five decades, in this election year she may be denied this basic right. Under Pennsylvania's new voter ID law, Applewhite is no longer considered eligible.

Republicans slam Justice Department on voter ID moves updated: Thu Jul 26 2012 17:32:00

Congressional Republicans told a top Justice official Thursday his department is wrong to fight state voter ID laws and that the government needs to do more to ensure people serving abroad in the military are able to vote.

Romney tries to dislodge Obama from attackupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 13:58:00

New ads from the presidential campaigns encapsulate where the race stands, with President Barack Obama's camp continuing its assault on his challenger over his business record and refusal to share tax records and Mitt Romney trying to make allegations of cronyism knock the incumbent off the assault.

Floor statement: Sen. John McCain on the DISCLOSE Actupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 19:33:00

Senate Republicans again Tuesday blocked Democratic legislation that would require greater transparency into who is behind much of the secretive, often negative campaign advertising filling the airwaves this election season.

Florida to use federal database to challenge legitimacy of votersupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 07:48:00

Florida election officials will have access to a federal law enforcement database to challenge the eligibility of a person to vote as part of its effort to purge non-citizens from its voting rolls, state officials said.

Runner-up in Mexico's presidential election files legal challengeupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 23:22:00

The runner-up in Mexico's presidential election announced Thursday that he was filing a legal challenge to invalidate the vote.

GOP: Tax increases are economic poisonupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 12:58:00

The Bush-era tax cut extension is going to expire, causing renewed policy arguments between President Obama and the GOP.

Obama, Romney fight for middle class votersupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 12:58:00

President Barack Obama, fresh from his renewed pitch to cut taxes for the middle class, takes his message to Iowa Tuesday -- a trip shadowed by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as part of a GOP strategy of "bracketing" the president's public appearances in battleground states.

Texas voter ID law goes to courtupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 16:31:00

Texas state officials went to federal court Monday to defend a controversial new voter identification law, dismissing suggestions the requirement would deny hundreds of thousands of people -- many of them minorities -- access to the ballot.

DOJ 'cherrypicking' voter ID stats?updated: Mon Jul 09 2012 16:31:00

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) on Texas looking to require voters to present photo ID at polls.

Mexican officials investigating electionupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 13:40:00

Mexican officials say Pena Nieto is not official president until the country's electoral tribunal ratifies the results.

Vote-buying allegations persist after Mexican electionupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 13:40:00

More than a week after Mexico's presidential election, the candidate who authorities describe as the runner-up said a partial recount was not enough to erase his doubts about the vote.

Final tally confirms PRI victory in Mexico, but vote-buying allegations persistupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 11:13:00

An official tally of Mexico's presidential election returns -- including individual recounts for more than half the ballots -- confirmed Enrique Peña Nieto as the winner of the election.

Egypt announcing election results Sundayupdated: Sat Jun 23 2012 11:57:00

Egypt's election commission says it will announce election results Sunday, June 24. CNN's Jon Mann and Ian Lee report.

Tensions soar as Egypt awaits election resultsupdated: Sat Jun 23 2012 11:57:00

Tensions soared in Egypt as an entire nation awaited presidential election results that are now expected to be announced Sunday afternoon.

Investigating Rep. Buchanan campaign cashupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 23:27:00

CNN's Drew Griffin reports on FEC investigations into Rep. Vern Buchanan violating campaign finance laws.

Powerful congressman accused of campaign finance violationsupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 23:27:00

Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, and he sits on the powerful House Ways and Means committee.

Justice Department lawsuit challenges Florida voter purgeupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 17:42:00

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to stop the state of Florida from purging voters from registration rolls.

Recalling a governor is rare -- trying to, not so muchupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 10:58:00

Many have tried, especially in California, but few have managed to successfully oust a U.S. governor through a recall election.

Ballot shakeup in California among Tuesday's political flashpoints updated: Tue Jun 05 2012 00:04:00

Voters in California accustomed to casting ballots in party primaries will see something very different on Tuesday: all candidates, regardless of affiliation, will compete in the same preliminary contest, with the top two finishers moving on to compete in the general election.

Romney hits 'magic number' for GOP nominationupdated: Wed May 30 2012 05:34:00

Mitt Romney hit his party's "magic number" on Tuesday, unofficially clinching the Republican presidential nomination in a race he entered as the front-runner and has had to himself for weeks.

Voter ID laws, fraud and Latinos: Discrimination, a 'big deal' or 'insulting?'updated: Tue May 29 2012 14:14:00

Mariam "Mimi" Bell, a Latina Republican from Colorado, resents the implication that Hispanic voters are somehow negatively affected by the state's new voter identification law.

CNN projects Romney will win GOP primaries in Arkansas, Kentuckyupdated: Wed May 23 2012 01:39:00

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, already the presumptive Republican nominee, will win Tuesday's GOP presidential primaries in Kentucky and Arkansas, CNN projects.

Citizens United could be Obama's friend in Ohioupdated: Wed May 16 2012 08:44:00

During his 2010 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made headlines by directly criticizing the Supreme Court for its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the political funding case. He said Citizens United would "open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections."

Mourdock: Never compromise on principlesupdated: Wed May 09 2012 13:43:00

Richard Mourdock explains why he "doesn't think there's going to be a lot of successful compromise" in the Senate.

Lugar loss could make Indiana Senate race more competitiveupdated: Wed May 09 2012 13:43:00

With longtime Republican Sen. Dick Lugar going down in defeat, Democrats were quick to paint the conservative candidate who beat him in Indiana's primary as "too extreme."

Egypt: Call for mass protests amid election controversyupdated: Thu May 03 2012 12:07:00

Hundreds of demonstrators extended their sit-in outside Egypt's defense ministry to a sixth day Thursday, as organizers called for mass protests following violence that killed at least 11 people.

Egypt government overhaul not happeningupdated: Thu May 03 2012 12:07:00

Egypt's ruling military council says an overhaul of the nation's civilian government will not happen. Ian Lee reports.

GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversaryupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 09:46:00

Days before the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top surrogates for President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the national stage to argue the politics of the attack.

No surprises in GOP primariesupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 08:55:00

The GOP primary night yields no surprises, but will it finally force one contender out of the race? Karin Caifa reports.

The real race is on between Romney and Obamaupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 21:33:00

Rick Santorum's announcement that he is suspending his presidential campaign brings the Republican primaries closer to the end. With all the speculation about brokered conventions and last-minute turnarounds, the original predictions appear to be correct. Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the Republican candidate who faces off against President Barack Obama in the fall.

Santorum to 'help' Romneyupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 21:33:00

Rick Santorum senior adviser John Brabender says Santorum will "help" Mitt Romney.

Gingrich says it's not yet time to end campaignupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 15:35:00

Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he'll do everything he can to support Mitt Romney as the Republican Party's presidential nominee when that time comes. But that time hasn't come yet.

Tea party groups target Senate after presidential 'disappointments'updated: Thu Mar 29 2012 14:45:00

After six terms in the Senate, Indiana's Richard Lugar finds himself the latest target of the tea party movement's desire both to have more influence over the policy agenda in Congress and to make the Republican Party more conservative.

Can Romney win without the South?updated: Thu Mar 15 2012 05:13:00

Now that Rick Santorum has scored victories in this week's Republican primary contests in Mississippi and Alabama --this after his earlier win in Tennessee and Newt Gingrich's victory in South Carolina -- it's time to confront three questions:

Primaries are good for the GOPupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 05:20:00

The primary process is good for the Republican Party?and our country.

Jeff Foxworthy endorses Mitt Romneyupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 05:20:00

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy endorses Mitt Romney at campaign stops in Alabama and Mississippi. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Administration blocks Texas voter ID lawupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 16:49:00

A controversial new Texas law requiring voters to present personal identification before going to the polls has been blocked by the Obama administration.

What does Vladimir Putin's return mean for Russia?updated: Mon Mar 05 2012 21:27:00

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has won Russia's presidential election, restoring the former KGB officer to the office he held for eight years before term limits forced him to step down in 2008.

Controversy surrounds Putin's electionupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 21:27:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the reaction to Vladimir Putin's election and the arrests of opposition protesters.

Observers slam Russian vote as Putin declares victoryupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 21:24:00

Thousands of people in Moscow rallied for and against Vladimir Putin in separate rallies Monday after official election results showed the Russian prime minister handily winning back the presidency.

What if America's Super Tuesday isn't so super after all?updated: Mon Mar 05 2012 18:40:00

Super Tuesday is traditionally a turning point in the campaign for the U.S. presidency, but it may pass without having the impact its name implies because the Republican Party has a pesky problem -- it can't decide whom it wants in the White House.

Jargon-busting U.S. election buzzwordsupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 17:08:00

Know your caucuses from your primaries? Your superdelegates from your Super PACs? As Republican presidential hopefuls battle to win the right to take on Barack Obama in November, we've defined the array of words and acronyms that will define this year's election.

What exactly are Super PACs?updated: Mon Mar 05 2012 17:08:00

Both political parties exploit Super PACs, but what exactly are they? CNN's Kate Bolduan explains.

What color is the GOP electoral mood ring?updated: Mon Mar 05 2012 16:48:00

So far, turnout in the Republican primaries and caucuses has been down in a number of states from 2008.

Why Super Tuesday is crucial for GOPupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 13:57:00

Political analyst David Leland talks Super Tuesday and what it means for the GOP.

Santorum, Gingrich belong on Virginia ballotupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 13:57:00

American voters this presidential election year are still stuck with an archaic electoral process that artificially restricts our ballot choices.

Dates set for Egyptian presidential voteupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 14:09:00

Egypt's first presidential election since the ouster last year of Hosni Mubarak will take place on May 23-24, with final results expected June 21, the head of the election commission announced Wednesday.

Worker sets himself afire in job protestupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 14:09:00

A man suffered minor burns after setting himself on fire outside Egypt's parliament during a protest.

Irish PM defends Davos commentsupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 20:01:00

Ireland's PM says European leaders must be honest and work with colleagues to emerge from the financial crisis.

Ireland calls vote on European fiscal pactupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 20:01:00

Dublin will hold a referendum on the eurozone fiscal pact, plunging Europe into months of uncertainty and potentially placing a question mark over Ireland's membership of the euro.

Presidential candidate carjacked, beaten in Egyptupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 06:02:00

Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh was carjacked and beaten late Thursday as he was returning from a conference, his campaign manager said.

Santorum and Gingrich target Obamaupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 10:30:00

Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich ratcheted up their attacks against President Barack Obama on Monday as they competed for conservative votes ahead of primaries and caucuses in the Republican presidential race.

Washington, New Jersey move toward same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 12:37:00

Proponents of same-sex marriage got a boost on two fronts Monday, when the governor of Washington signed a bill legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples and the New Jersey state Senate voted 24-16 in favor of a similar bill.

Washington votes for same-sex marriageupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 12:56:00

Washington's state legislature approves a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

Washington state legislature votes to approve same-sex marriageupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 12:56:00

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington State voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, putting Washington on the path toward becoming the seventh state in the nation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Appeals court rejects California's Proposition 8updated: Tue Feb 07 2012 17:52:00

A federal appeals court ruled against California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

How does Gingrich recover after losses?updated: Mon Feb 06 2012 12:35:00

Tom Lucero, Colorado campaign chair for Gingrich, weighs in on the GOP hopeful's campaign strategy going forward.

Gingrich's best bet: Obama winsupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 12:35:00

After a bad defeat in the Nevada caucuses, the options dwindle for former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich outlines a Southern revival strategyupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 17:26:00

Newt Gingrich said Sunday he is plotting a Southern revival, while Rick Santorum and Ron Paul seek stronger showings in upcoming caucuses to slow front-runner Mitt Romney's momentum after his second straight victory in the Republican presidential race.

Romney to Obama: Get out of the wayupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 19:23:00

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells Obama it is time to get "out of the way" after his primary win in Florida.

Same-sex marriage debate flares up in New Jerseyupdated: Sat Jan 28 2012 22:21:00

A political battle is shaping up in the Garden State about whether to give gay and lesbian couples the right to wed -- a move that, if approved, would make New Jersey the seventh state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

Super PACs' money could tip balance of power in Congressupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 14:25:00

The 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited contributions by corporations and unions has already affected the 2012 presidential campaign. But it could play a larger part in the balance of power in Congress this fall.

Explain it to me: Campaign fundraisingupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 14:25:00

In the first of this two-part edition of Explain it to me, Tom Foreman explains how presidential hopefuls raise money.

Where the money is: A campaign spending primerupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 19:19:00

The following is a primer on campaign finance terms relevant to the Supreme Court's 2010 "Citizens United" ruling that loosened spending restrictions in federal elections, which will have an impact this election year.

It took a scandal to get real campaign finance reform updated: Mon Jan 23 2012 17:48:00

As Americans read about the flood of private money that is going into the current presidential campaign, most can't help but shake their heads in disgust about how our democracy functions.

5 things we learned from South Carolina primaryupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 11:09:00

Newt Gingrich's stunningly strong win in the South Carolina primary capped an incredible week in the Republican presidential nominating cycle., but what did we learn from it?

Can Romney win by losing South Carolina?updated: Fri Jan 20 2012 09:24:00

Rick Perry's decision to pull out of the Republican primary before the South Carolina vote on Saturday could provide just the boost that Newt Gingrich, or even Rick Santorum, needs to edge out Mitt Romney. Should this happen, would it be bad for the former Massachusetts governor? In the long run, it might actually help him.

Iowa caucus -- myths and realityupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 08:06:00

It has become a great American tradition, an act of small-town civics, an example of direct democracy in action where citizens get to meet presidential candidates multiple times.

A look back at past Iowa caucusesupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 08:06:00

CNN's Jessica Yellin takes a look at past Iowa caucuses and their impact on the presidential election.

Democrats: 1 million signatures collected for Wisconsin governor recallupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 15:43:00

More than a million people have signed a petition to recall Wisconsin's governor, the state's Democratic Party said Tuesday.

Wisconsin's governor could face recallupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 15:43:00

Embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could face a recall election down the line. Ted Rowlands reports.

Will South Carolina race get candidates too dirty?updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 08:19:00

For eight consecutive presidential campaigns, from Ronald Reagan's in 1980 to John McCain's in 2008, the winner of the Republican primary in South Carolina went on to win his party's nomination. Not surprisingly, the Republican presidential candidates have begun shaping their appeals to South Carolina voters well before the primary in New Hampshire.

Colbert: 'I've just started exploring' primary bidupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 12:03:00

Stephen Colbert says he won't be stopped by officials saying it's too late for him to run in South Carolina's presidential primary.

Four GOP candidates fail to make Virginia primary ballot, judge rulesupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 21:28:00

A federal judge on Friday ruled against four Republican presidential candidates seeking a spot on Virginia's March 6 primary ballot, saying they waited too long to file their claims.

Huntsman: We'll exceed expectationsupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 17:31:00

CNN's John King talks to Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman about the New Hampshire primary.

The biggest danger of Super PACsupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 08:13:00

This election season, the term "Super PAC" has escaped from the obscure world of campaign finance lawyers to emerge on the front pages of major newspapers and political websites. Super PACs are political organizations that can take unlimited sums from individuals, corporations and labor unions to spend in support of, or opposition to, federal candidates. To do so legally, a Super PAC must avoid certain forms of coordination with candidates.

Can Santorum show Iowa was no fluke? updated: Wed Jan 04 2012 09:30:00

A win is a win for Mitt Romney, even if it's only by eight votes. But Tuesday night belonged to Rick Santorum.

Santorum: There's going to be a rematchupdated: Wed Jan 04 2012 09:30:00

Before the Iowa results were completely in, Rick Santorum spoke to CNN about his strong showing in the caucuses.

Why vote on Tuesdays? No good reasonupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 13:41:00

Today, Iowans will kick off the Republican nominating process for president of the United States with the first-in-the-nation caucuses. But why a Tuesday?

Iowa: Quaint, quirky but importantupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 06:55:00

When people in Iowa cast the first votes in the long U.S. presidential election, it has an importance beyond the result.

Civil unions now permitted in Hawaiiupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 05:25:00

Four same-sex couples in the Aloha State celebrate the new year with 'I dos' in Hawaii's first civil unions ceremony.

Two more states allow same-sex civil unionsupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 05:25:00

Several same-sex couples came together in the first minutes of New Year's Day in Honolulu to become the first in the state's history to enter into civil unions.

Voter ID laws are common senseupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 14:01:00

In an outrageous recent fundraising letter the Democratic National Committee solicited funds from the party faithful on the grounds that the DNC was the last remaining bulwark against a series of anti-election-fraud initiatives "in more than 40 states."

Gingrich, Perry not on Virginia ballotupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 09:41:00

Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry did not submit enough signatures to get on the Virginia primary ballot.

How ballot access laws hurt votersupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 09:41:00

Only two Republican presidential candidates will appear on the ballot in Virginia next year, regardless of how many are in the race.

In U.S., right to vote still threatenedupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 18:21:00

Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder delivers a major speech on voting rights at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The location is significant: In 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that banned the worst forms of racial discrimination in American elections.

Department of Justice objects to South Carolina's voter lawupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 21:15:00

The Department of Justice on Friday deemed South Carolina's new law requiring voters to present a state or federal photo ID "legally unenforceable," arguing that it could be discriminatory against minorities in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

24 killed since election results announced in Congo, rights group saysupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 06:48:00

Democratic Republic of Congo security forces have killed more than 24 people and arbitrarily detained dozens more since President Joseph Kabila was announced the winner of the disputed president elections on December 9, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Congo vote result 'lacks credibility'updated: Thu Dec 22 2011 06:48:00

David Pottie, of the Carter Center, discusses the disputed results of elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Putin defends election resultsupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 09:01:00

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday brushed off widespread criticism that the December 4 parliamentary elections in Russia were falsified.

How the debates are helping the GOPupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 07:25:00

Americans have been flooded with Republican presidential debates for several months. It seems that every week there is a new encounter between the GOP candidates.

Incumbent president declared winner in Congo electionsupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 13:14:00

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has won re-election, that country's communications minister said Friday.

Tense Congo awaits election results updated: Fri Dec 09 2011 06:27:00

The Democratic Republic of Congo is scheduled to release election results Thursday after a two-day delay that has intensified tensions between the government and opposition leaders.

Russian vote is setback for Putinupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 23:44:00

Putin's party suffers sharp losses. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports it's not politics as usual for united Russia.

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