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Poll: Most expect — and growing number want — GOP victory

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see.

Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, left, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott wait for their live televised debate Tuesday night. | AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey, Pool

Poll: Scott and Crist locked in a dead heat

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist is a dead heat with two weeks left.

Democratic challenger, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, left, and Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, answer questions during their second debate on Oct. 15, 2014 in Davie, Fla. | AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Poll: Crist, Scott in dead heat in Florida

The Florida governor's race is so hotly-contested, not even an electric fan could help Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Charlie Crist (D) get some separation.


REPORT: K-12 funding down 9 percent in Illinois since 2008

From the 2007-08 fiscal year to 2014-15, state spending on K-12 education in Illinois fell 9.3 percent, or $222 per student, after adjusting for inflation, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-of-center Washington think tank.

Interactive: Breakdown of support for gay marriage by region

The Supreme Court's recent refusal to hear appeals in gay marriage cases in federal circuit courts has opened the door in many states for gay couples to wed. This includes several southern states, where acceptance of gay marriage has traditionally been weaker than in the rest of the U.S.

Protesters carrying signs and American flags participate in a tax day tea party rally at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield in 2009. | AP File Photo/Seth Perlman

'Tea party' tops ‘liberal’ for worst political label, poll finds

A new report from Rasmussen Reports finds that the term "Tea Party" is the most negative description among the several political labels the group asked about. Forty eight percent of respondents found "Tea Party" to be a negative description while 34 percent considered "Liberal" to be negative.

61 percent of Illinois voters support minimum wage hike

A new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows more than six in 10 Illinois voters support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, while nearly half say Republican Bruce Rauner's previous statements on eliminating the minimum wage make them less likely to vote for him in November.

Even if Mitt Romney has a change of heart on 2016, the odds of him winning the White House aren't good. | Rick Bowmer/AP

History is not on Mitt Romney's side

Mitt Romney has repeatedly said he's not interested in launching another presidential bid in 2016. And while he's done well in recent polls, history shows he'd be better off to sit this one out.

Interactive: How Illinois' wireless tax compares

When officials approved a measure to raise city taxes on phone use by 56% last spring, it made Chicago's tax on wireless service one of the highest in the U.S. As a state, Illinois has the fifth-highest wireless taxes in the country, according to a recent report from Washington D.C.-based Tax Foundation.

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