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Ariel Edwards-Levy   |   July 24, 2014    2:58 PM ET

Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats about the upcoming midterms, but the gap is narrower than in past years that brought wave elections, according to a Pew Research poll released Thursday.

Forty-five percent of voters who support the Republican in their district, and 37 percent of those who support the Democrat, say they're more enthusiastic about voting than they were in previous elections, giving the GOP an 8-point advantage. In the June before the 2010 Republican House takeover, Republican voters were 13 points more enthusiastic; in June 2006, a Democratic wave year, Democrats had a 17-point advantage.

In the most recent survey, Republican voters were also 10 points more likely than Democrats to say they were closely following election news, and 9 points more likely to say they were absolutely certain to vote.

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If the election were held today, 47 percent of registered voters say they'd choose the Democratic candidate in their district, while 45 percent would opt for the Republican. That's largely consistent with Pew's earlier polling -- neither side has held more than a 4-point advantage since December -- as well as with other recent national surveys, which overwhelmingly show a close split on the question. Two recent polls of battleground states, from Politico and from the Democratic group Democracy Corps, also found a nearly even divide. Democrats, whose core constituencies are less likely to turn out for midterms, traditionally need a greater lead on the measure to avoid losses.

The Pew survey finds anti-incumbent sentiment at a high since 1994, with 69 percent of Americans saying they don't want most of Congress re-elected, and 36 percent saying they don't want their own representative re-elected. (As the Pew report notes, the latter may be more of a comment on Congress' unpopularity than on any politician in particular, since only about half of voters even knew which party their representative belonged to. Regardless of polling, most incumbents win re-election.)

Majorities of Americans have wanted to oust most of Congress for the last two midterms, but there's a difference this time around: The antipathy extends evenly to both parties, with 38 percent of Republican supporters and 34 percent of Democratic supporters saying they don't want their own representative re-elected. In 2006, Democrats were 16 points more likely to say they'd unseat their own representative, while in 2010, Republicans were 21 points more anti-incumbent.

Fifty-eight percent of voters said the issue of which party controls Congress would be a factor in their vote, while just under half said their views of President Barack Obama would play a role. Of those, 29 percent said they considered their choice a vote against Obama, while 19 percent said it was a vote for him.

Pew used live telephone interviews to survey 1,805 adults, including 1,420 voters, between July 8 and July 14, reaching both landlines and cell phones.

Amanda Terkel   |   July 24, 2014   12:39 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- With the brutal GOP Senate primary in Georgia finally over, the sparring parties are mending fences and hoping to move on. Toward that end, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken down a stinging ad that compared businessman David Perdue, who beat out the Chamber's preferred candidate, to a crying baby.

At times, it seemed like Perdue was running against the Chamber just as much as he was running against Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.). The Chamber endorsed Kingston and contributed millions of dollars, while Perdue positioned himself as a "conservative outsider" who wouldn't be beholden to such Washington interests.

On Monday evening, right before voters headed to the polls in Tuesday's GOP runoff, the Chamber released an online ad responding to Perdue's criticism.

"Why is David Perdue attacking us?" the narrator asked in the 30-second spot. "Well, he sought our endorsement several times but didn't get it. Now, losing and desperate, David is crying like a little baby."

The ad received quite a bit of attention, but as of Thursday, it's no longer viewable. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway tweeted Thursday morning, "U.S. Chamber destroys evidence of its David Perdue attack."

Rob Engstrom, the Chamber's national political director, cautioned against reading too much into the ad's removal.

"[W]e took it down bc the runoff is over. Nothing more than that," he wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.

The Chamber's ad supporting Kingston remains online.

It remains to be seen whether the Chamber will get involved in the general election, where Perdue will face off against Democrat Michelle Nunn. Engstrom did not reply to a question about the organization's future endorsement plans. Perdue's spokesman did not return a request for comment.

In a Facebook post after his loss, Kingston said he plans to support Perdue in the general election.

"I called David Perdue to congratulate him and offer my support for his campaign in the General Election," he said. "We need to unite to defeat Nunn in November."

HuffPost Pollster, which averages publicly available polling, currently shows a tight race between Nunn and Perdue, though Nunn has a slight edge.

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Newt Gingrich: GOPers Focusing 2014 Campaigns On Obama Are 'Maniacally Stupid'

Jennifer Bendery   |   July 23, 2014    3:15 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) had a message for House Republicans on Wednesday: If your 2014 re-election campaign is built around attacking President Barack Obama, you're doing it wrong.

"I am deeply opposed to any consultant or any political staffer who talks to the news media about the campaign this fall being a referendum on Obama," Gingrich said during an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation. "As a professional who has done this since August 1958, who has participated in a series of fairly successful projects, I regard it as maniacally stupid and unprofessional to think you can get away with a purely negative campaign."

Gingrich, who was speaker from 1995 to 1999 and went on to run for president in 2012, said if he's learned anything from his years in politics, it's that you have to run a campaign of ideas and do so with "cheerful persistence."

Otherwise, he warned, "You turn off all the moderates. You turn off all the independents. You drive down the turnout."

A look at recent campaign ads by top House Republicans shows that some of them, like Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), appear to be taking Gingrich's advice.

Others, like Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who served in House leadership from 2002 to 2006, not so much.

Perhaps coincidentally, Kingston lost in the Georgia Senate run-off on Tuesday night.

Amanda Terkel   |   July 23, 2014    1:33 PM ET

David Perdue won the Georgia Republican Senate primary over Rep. Jack Kingston Tuesday night, surprising many national Republicans after polls showed the congressman leading in recent weeks.

Perdue pitched himself as a businessman not beholden to Washington interests whose success in the private sector could help get Congress in shape. He continued that theme Tuesday night after his win, while belittling the executive experience of Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn.

"With my business career, I will prosecute the failed record of the last six years of [President] Barack Obama," Perdue told supporters in his victory speech. "This fall, we're going to have a clear choice."

Perdue took his swipe at Nunn in a comment cited by the Associated Press, downplaying her work as CEO of Points of Light, the foundation launched by former President George H.W. Bush to promote volunteerism.

"Now you've got two outsiders talking about Washington, and now you get down to the issues," Perdue said. "Let's talk about debt, the economy and jobs and who brings more value to that debate. Someone who has been running a philanthropy for 15 years or whatever, or someone who has been out here, not to go bragging, competing in the real world?"

Perdue is the former CEO of Dollar General, Reebok and the failed textile firm Pillowtex. (He is not related to the Perdue Chicken people.)

Although Nunn's background isn't in business, as head of Points of Light, she ran a massive organization.

It coordinates 250,000 service projects annually and had 4 million volunteers in 2012, according to the most recent yearly review on its site. According to the organization, the economic value of the work generated by those volunteers amounts to $635 million.

Nunn has emphasized this experience during her campaign, making it the focus of her first ad in which she mentioned Bush.

Perdue's success in the business community may come in handy during the general election because he may be able to use his personal fortune to supplement his campaign. He spent more than $3 million of his own money during his primary campaign to defeat Kingston.

Kingston and Perdue were the top two vote-getters in the May Republican primary. But since neither secured a majority of the vote, it went to a runoff.

Perdue's wealth could also backfire if voters perceive him to be out-of-touch with their daily concerns. During the primary, Perdue came under criticism when he mocked one of his then-opponents, Karen Handel, for not having a college degree.

Chamber Of Commerce Attacks GOP Senate Candidate As A Crying Baby

Amanda Terkel   |   July 22, 2014   12:01 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue has been going hard after the Chamber of Commerce, portraying himself as the anti-establishment choice who will fight monied interests like the business lobbying group, which has endorsed his opponent. The Chamber is now going a step farther, attacking Perdue in a last-minute ad that portrays him as a crying, complaining baby.

Voters head to the polls Tuesday to choose between Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) in Georgia's GOP Senate primary runoff. Kingston has had a slight lead in the polls, and Perdue has been stepping up his attacks on his rival.

Perdue's main pitch to voters has been that he's a "conservative outsider." His closing attack ad contends the congressman's position on immigration is "bought and paid for" by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent more than $2 million supporting Kingston.

On Monday, the Chamber responded in kind with an ad of its own. (Watch it above.)

"Why is David Perdue attacking us?" asks the narrator in the 30-second spot. "Well, he sought our endorsement several times but didn't get it. Now, losing and desperate, David is crying like a little baby."

When asked for comment, Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey pointed out that Perdue -- the former CEO of Dollar General -- is a businessman who won a prestigious award from the Chamber in 2007.

"I'm sure Chamber members are thrilled about the use of their resources to attack their 2007 Excellence in Leadership Award winner," said Dickey.

Kingston and Perdue were the top two vote-getters in the May 20 primary, beating a handful of more conservative candidates who many Democrats hoped would win. But because neither received a majority of the vote, the contest went to a runoff. The runoff has lasted nine weeks because a 2012 lawsuit by the Justice Department alleged a three-week contest disenfranchised military and overseas voters.

Both men were considered to be closer to the party establishment than some of their primary opponents, including Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who had tea party support.

The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the general election to replace outgoing Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). Nunn was unopposed in her primary, so has been spared a contentious and costly battle so far.

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Amanda Terkel   |   July 21, 2014    3:42 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party will finally settle on a Senate candidate in Georgia on Tuesday, when Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue face voters after months of negative campaigning.

Kingston and Perdue were the top two vote-getters in the May 20 primary, beating a handful of more conservative candidates who many Democrats hoped would be the ones to win. But because neither received a majority of the vote, the contest went to a runoff. The runoff was nine weeks long because of a 2012 lawsuit by the Justice Department that alleged a three-week contest disenfranchised military and overseas voters.

Both men were considered more part of the establishment than some of their other primary opponents, including Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who had tea party support.

But since then, Perdue has come out swinging against Kingston, trying to portray himself as the anti-establishment, "conservative outsider" candidate. His closing attack ad accused the congressman of having his position on immigration "bought and paid for" by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent more than $2 million supporting Kingston.

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey slammed the Chamber.

The lobbying behemoth "will back a career politician over a successful Fortune 500 CEO because they know the politicians will say and do anything to keep the campaign money flowing," he said. The Chamber, according to The Wall Street Journal, has supported Kingston in part because he voted for federal funding for a trade project in Savannah that the organization backed.

The Chamber's political director, Rob Engstrom, responded in kind to Perdue in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"In the final days of the primary and in his latest sign of desperation, David Perdue is falling behind in the polls and has chosen to lie about the Chamber’s position on immigration. The fact is that Perdue sought the Chamber's endorsement, he didn't receive it, and this is just more sour grapes," Engstrom said.

But while lack of a voting record may have hurt Perdue with some endorsements, some Republicans believe it could help him in the general election because Democrats won't be able to attack him as readily for past positions. Perdue's deep pockets also allow him to throw a significant amount of money into his own campaign, though that could be used to portray him as out of touch with the struggles of average voters.

In April, for example, Perdue came under criticism when he mocked his then-primary opponent, Karen Handel, for not having a college degree.

The candidates have been spending a significant number of their final days campaigning in the metro Atlanta region, which is the most populous area of the state. According to The Associated Press, "turnout is expected to be strong along the coast and Kingston will have to run up the numbers like he did during the primary when he claimed 78 percent of the vote in his home base of Chatham County. But the coastal areas alone can't carry him across the finish line, and Kingston will have to perform very well in metro Atlanta and north Georgia."

They both have generally stuck to appealing to conservative voters, unlike in Mississippi's recent GOP Senate runoff, where Sen. Thad Chochran (R-Miss.) reached out to African-American voting blocs to defeat tea party candidate Chris McDaniel.

The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the general election to replace outgoing Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). Nunn was unopposed in her primary, meaning she has been spared a contentious and costly battle so far.

Republicans need to gain just six seats to claim the majority in the Senate.

HuffPost Pollster, which averages the polls in the race, currently has Kingston leading Perdue.

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Samantha Lachman   |   July 18, 2014    3:01 PM ET

Shenna Bellows, the Democrat challenging Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), is going the distance to raise awareness of her Senate bid.

On Sunday, Bellows will begin a walk down the 350-mile length of Maine, National Journal reports. She will begin in Houlton and end up in Kittery three-and-a-half-weeks later, and will visit some 63 communities in the interim.

She will reportedly be outfitted in Maine-made New Balance sneakers and an L.L. Bean raincoat.

"This sort of walk may not work in 2014 in some states like New York or Florida. But Maine is one large small town," Bellows told the magazine. "I'll be hosting events on a daily basis, engaging in house parties and breakfasts, and tours of local downtowns and communities left out by Washington politics."

Bellows, who is a former executive director of Maine's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, is down in the polls by double-digits against Collins, who has high approval ratings in the state and a significant fundraising advantage.

While Bellows is emphasizing her stances on civil liberties, she faces a challenge in drawing independent-minded voters away from Collins, who recently came out in support of marriage equality and who has the backing of national environmental groups.

However, Bellows hopes her walk will help her connect with supporters and emphasize her progressive roots.

“We change things,” Bellows said Friday, according to the Associated Press. “We can stand up for true grass-roots participation in our politics and that’s what the walk represents.”

Bellows' journey resembles the endeavors of other underdog Democratic Senate candidates, like West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who announced that she would visit every one of her state's 55 counties, and Rick Weiland, who completed a tour of every one of South Dakota's 311 incorporated towns.

Samantha Lachman   |   July 18, 2014   11:56 AM ET

An unhappy challenger was dealt another blow in his quest to upend Mississippi's Republican race for the U.S. Senate.

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who edged out Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in the Republican primary only to lose by 7,667 votes in a June 24 runoff, had petitioned for a review of poll books containing voter information, in order to root out what he says was systemic fraud and illegal voting.

McDaniel's attorneys had requested to see poll books containing birth dates and other information to identify voters with similar names. The state's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that allowing for that type of examination would be illegal and violate voter privacy.

McDaniel and his supporters argue that Cochran won because people who voted in the Democratic primary illegally cast ballots in the Republican runoff. His supporters have been working to find evidence of such crossover voting in poll books from counties with higher concentrations of Democratic voters.

After the ruling, the challenger's legal team asked the court to rehear their case.

"In addition to asking for our case to be heard by the entire Court, we will also ask for the opportunity to present oral arguments," McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner said in a statement. "The integrity of every future statewide and district wide election hinges on this decision."

At a Wednesday press conference, Tyner said he expected McDaniel campaign's would challenge the runoff's outcome "within the next 10 days." The campaign hasn't yet presented specific evidence of fraudulent or illegal voting.

McDaniel set off on a statewide "Truth and Justice Tour" to keep beating the drum for his cause on Thursday.

Kate Sheppard   |   July 16, 2014    2:52 PM ET

Is Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) contemplating a run for president?

Politico seems to think maybe. Its morning Huddle email newsletter on Wednesday pointed out that even though Manchin has not yet visited primary states like Iowa or New Hampshire, there are Twitter accounts popping up that indicate maybe he should: @NH4JoeManchin and @Iowa4JoeManchin. The Des Moines Register flagged the latter feed last week, and there's also a nationally-focused @DraftJoeManchin account.

The Wall Street Journal mentioned Manchin as a "would-be" 2016 candidate last week as well.

Manchin has said he would back Hillary Clinton, should she run for president again. The first-term senator has become known for bucking his party on key issues, including carbon emissions limits for coal-fired power plants delaying some parts of the health care reform law.

His spokesman told The Charleston Gazette back in April that he's "leaving all his options open for 2016, and will continue to look for the best way to bring common sense to Washington."

So far, Manchin himself has brushed off the suggestion that he jump in.

"It’s very flattering," Manchin told Politico this week. "The bottom line is people are searching for somebody who's willing to fix things rather than talk about them … It's something I haven't given an awful lot of thought about."

He added, however, that the issue is "low on the totem pole" for now.

UPDATE: 3:42 p.m. -- Manchin sent a statement to HuffPost on Wednesday afternoon also downplaying the effort:

I’m flattered that people are encouraging me to run for president, but right now I am focused on finding ways to pass commonsense legislation in our nation’s capital to make our country work better. I feel like I am in a unique position to help our country become a better place for all Americans. Right now that is my focus, but I will always be interested in finding better ways to serve the great state of West Virginia and the American people. We will have to see what the future holds.

Samantha Lachman   |   July 16, 2014   12:26 PM ET

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) may need to start reciting the state from which he's hoping to return to the Senate -- New Hampshire -- ad nauseum.

In an interview with Boston Herald radio, Brown hit Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), whom he's trying to unseat, over immigration and border issues. But in the process of criticizing his opponent, he made an indicative slip-up.

"And that’s a big difference between Senator Shaheen and me and many other people in the Massachusetts delegation," Brown said, while arguing that Shaheen isn't taking the uptick in migrants seriously enough.

"I'm not for amnesty, never have been, I have never supported the DREAM Act, she has," he continued, apparently not noticing (or not wanting to draw attention to) his mistake.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party immediately flagged the flub with a YouTube video.

Democrats criticized Brown for his mistake, arguing that he had inadvertently revealed shallow carpetbagging intentions.

"Scott Brown still can't keep track of what state he's in - and it's an insult to New Hampshire families," New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain said in a statement. "Brown used to brag about growing up in Massachusetts, raising his family in Massachusetts and said he would die in Massachusetts. Now he's moved to New Hampshire and says he cares about this state, but really he's just using New Hampshire to get himself a Senate seat. How can Granite State families possibly trust a candidate who doesn't see the difference between Massachusetts and New Hampshire."

Brown had a similar "whoops" moment in December, saying that Granite State Republicans were "thankful" he was around raising awareness of "the issues that are affecting not only people here in Massachusetts -- I mean New Hampshire."

An NBC/Marist poll released Wednesday found Shaheen leading Brown, 50 percent to 42 percent, with just 6 percent of respondents undecided.

Samantha Lachman   |   July 15, 2014    2:55 PM ET

A Republican mayor has partnered with the progressive-backed Moral Monday movement to protest the closure of his small-town's hospital.

Belhaven, North Carolina Mayor Adam O'Neal set off on a 14-day, 273-mile walk to Washington, D.C. on Monday to draw attention to what he calls the "medical desert" that was created in his area after Vidant Health closed the Vidant Pungo hospital on July 1.

The area's residents must now travel as many as 84 miles to receive care.

"I feel that it's so wrong that the more attention it gets, the more likelihood it will have a good outcome for the community," O'Neal told a local news station, explaining why he was undertaking his pilgrimage to the nation's capital.

The hospital served over 20,000 people in counties that have high rates of poverty and uninsured residents. North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory (R) have rejected an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Vidant Health CEO David Herman told The Huffington Post last year that North Carolina's decision to forego the Medicaid expansion contributed to his company's decision to close the hospital.

O'Neal said he hopes to meet with members of Congress and Attorney General Eric Holder to bring attention to the plight of small communities trying to access emergency care.

North Carolina's NAACP chapter partnered with O'Neal in June to file a Title VI complaint under the Civil Rights Act with the Department of Justice over the hospital closure, arguing that the area's minority communities have been put disproportionately at risk.

"Health care, particularly access to rural health care, in economically disadvantaged communities, is not a Republican or Democratic issue, it's a moral issue," Rev. William Barber, head of the NC NAACP chapter, said on a Tuesday press call. "Rural hospitals like Pungo are literally hospitals that make the difference between life and death."

Barber joined O'Neal for a portion of the mayor's walk from Plymouth, North Carolina, framing it as a "moral exercise."

On the call, O'Neal castigated his party for not expanding Medicaid in the state.

"More [rural hospitals] have closed in the last year than in the past 15 years," O'Neal said. "I don't understand the position Republicans have taken in North Carolina. ... I don't see a basis for their position."

"I think there should be some kind of legislation that the Health and Human Services secretary has to sign off for critical access hospitals to close," he added.

Barber explained on the call that the rationale for the Title VI complaint was based on what he called Vidant's "reneged" promise.

"You cannot take public money and then turn around and use those funds in a way that is discriminatory," he said.

Samantha Lachman   |   July 15, 2014    1:43 PM ET

President Barack Obama's administration will reportedly sign on to lawsuits challenging new voting restrictions in Wisconsin and Ohio.

In an unaired ABC News segment from Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that his department would join the cases. The Justice Department provided the transcript to MSNBC.

“We have already filed suit in Texas and North Carolina," Holder said. "I expect that we are going to be filing in cases that are already in existence in Wisconsin as well as in Ohio."

Holder told ABC the right to vote is “the most basic of all our rights," and said that he will "use every power that I have, every ability that I have as Attorney General to defend that right to vote.”

The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups are challenging restrictions passed in Ohio that cut early voting days, ended same-day registration and removed early voting on Sundays and weekday evenings. A federal judge restored early voting that takes place on the last three days before the election in June. However, the other restrictions will still go into effect.

Civil rights proponents say such restrictions disproportionately affect groups including minorities, students and seniors.

They charge in their complaint filed July 1 that the new restrictions would “directly deny the franchise or otherwise make it significantly more difficult for tens of thousands of Ohioans to vote,’’ asserting that the changes “will be felt most keenly among lower-income voters who are predominately African-American.”

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed a bill in March limiting early voting in the state. In April, a federal judge struck down the state's law requiring voters to produce state-approved photo identification cards at the polls.

Such legislation could have a significant impact on turnout leading up to and during November's general election in states with competitive gubernatorial contests. Democratic gubernatorial candidates in both Ohio and Wisconsin said they were cheered by Holder's comments Tuesday.

"I'm pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice will be joining the fight to protect voter rights in Ohio," Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said in a statement. "Under Governor Kasich, access to the polls has significantly decreased for hardworking Ohioans across the state. Voting is a fundamental right and, as Governor, I'll do everything in my power to protect it."

Businesswoman Mary Burke, who is challenging Walker, also heralded Holder's move.

"Scott Walker's refusal to drop his crusade for photo ID requirements is a slap in the face to Veterans, seniors and students," Burke Communications Director Joe Zepecki said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post. "The costs associated with this ongoing legal battle are a waste of taxpayer money. Mary Burke could not disagree with Walker more on this issue, she believes that every eligible voter who wishes to cast a ballot should have the opportunity to do so. Which is why in addition to opposing photo ID requirements, she will seek to roll back Walker's restrictions on early voting."

The Justice Department is currently challenging voter identification laws and other restrictions in North Carolina and Texas in response to last year’s Shelby v. Holder ruling, which invalidated Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. That Supreme Court decision meant that states with a history of race bias in voting are no longer required to clear changes to their voting laws with the federal government.

Rachel Lienesch   |   July 15, 2014   12:01 PM ET

A new Gallup poll finds that while most Democrats and Republicans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, supporters of the two parties have very different ideas about how to fix Congress.

In response to an open-ended question, Democrats were most likely to suggest working across the aisle, with 25 percent recommending more bipartisan cooperation. The next most popular solution, firing every member of Congress, received support from 17 percent of Democrats. Another 15 percent of Democrats said Congress should be fixed by making representatives and senators more accountable to their constituents.

In contrast, 21 percent of Republicans said the best way to fix Congress would be to fire every member. Eighteen percent said term limits would be the best solution. Only 8 percent of Republicans said more bipartisan cooperation would be their recommendation for how to fix Congress.

In the full sample of adults, firing all members of Congress was also the most popular solution. Twenty-two percent of respondents supported that solution, while 14 percent said more bipartisan cooperation would be their recommendation for fixing Congress. Eleven percent selected term limits as the best solution, and another 9 percent said making members more accountable to their constituents would be the best way to fix Congress. All other proposed solutions received much lower levels of support.

The poll also found that only 15 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. Democrats and Republicans in Congress were equally unpopular, with 16 percent of respondents approving of the job done by Democrats in Congress and 17 percent approving of the job done by Republicans.

HuffPost Pollster's average, which includes all publicly available polling, gives Congress an average 13 percent approval rating, with 70 percent disapproving.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,013 adults by phone between July 7 and 10.

Marina Fang   |   July 14, 2014   11:13 AM ET

A congressional candidate in California is urging Fox News host Bob Beckel to resign after Beckel used a racial slur on air last week.

While discussing a report on Chinese hackers delving into U.S. government records on Thursday's episode of "The Five," Beckel began ranting about "Chinamen."

"As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen -- er, Chinese people -- how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us," he said.

California state Sen. Ted Lieu (D) called Beckel's comments "racist" in a statement Saturday.

"We should all be alarmed by the racist, xenophobic comments by Fox News host Bob Beckel," said Lieu. "His comments have no place in America, and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs. He must resign immediately."

Lieu was referencing another incident last year, when Beckel described his eyes as "Oriental."

"I went swimming. My eyes blew up, and it made me look Oriental," Beckel said.

Lieu, an immigrant from Taiwan and an Air Force veteran, is the Democratic candidate in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D) in California's 33rd district. The district is known for its wealth, as it includes Beverly Hills and Malibu. It also encompasses racially and ethnically diverse Los Angeles suburbs. Torrance, which Lieu represents in the state Senate, has a substantial Asian population. According to the 2010 census, nearly 35 percent of its population is Asian.

I am one of those ‘Chinamen' with 'Oriental' eyes that immigrated to America and majored in computer science. I also served on active duty in the United States Air Force and continue to serve my country in the Reserves," Lieu said in the statement. "And today, as an American and as a California state senator, I call on Mr. Beckel to resign."

UPDATE: 5:05 p.m. -- Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) called on Beckel to resign Monday. Honda, who is Japanese American, represents the only Asian American-majority congressional district in the continental United States. Honda's statement:

I am outraged and disgusted by Fox News commentator Bob Beckel’s use of the word “Chinamen” and his other racist and xenophobic comments. I agree with State Senator Ted Lieu, Campbell CA Councilmember Evan Low, and everyone else who has called on Fox News to fire Beckel. The ignorance and hatred in his comments are repugnant. The fact that he has yet to apologize for these comments is inexcusable. As the founder of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, I know that words hurt, and slurs are used to intimidate. Fox News needs to do the right thing and fire Bob Beckel.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) also called on Beckel to resign Friday:

The racist comments of Fox host Bob Beckel are utterly outrageous. He condemns an entire ethnic group as being threats to national security and uses racial slurs while doing so

The implications go far beyond the Chinese community by promoting a culture of intolerance that has no place in our society. Unfortunately, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community knows all too well the dangers of these xenophobic views. All we have to do is look to the fear mongering and hysteria of the 1980s that resulted in the murder of Vincent Chin by two white unemployed autoworkers to see how tragedy can occur when racism and xenophobia are tolerated.

As a Chinese American, I am deeply offended by Bob Beckel’s comments and call for his immediate resignation.

Clarification: Due to a copyediting error, this article initially prefaced Chu's letter by saying it called for Honda's, rather than Beckel's, resignation.