independents, who can be pivotal in many congressional races, prefer their GOP candidate over the Democrat by 52 percent to 36 percent. That gap grows to 62 percent to 29 percent among independents considered likeliest to vote, says the Associated Press-GfK poll.
With no Kennedy in the running, expect a crowded Democratic field.
Most of the potential Democratic candidates have more than $1 million available. But for those who officially enter the race, more fundraising may be necessary.
The best prepared are finding jobs, but others are having to consider internships or living at home.
Some towns and cities seek stiffer penalties for public use, after state voters approved decriminalization.
A record number of US troops – and Afghan civilians – died in 2008. Frustration mounts over fighting Taliban insurgents among villagers.