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Democrats face fading hopes for House elections

Democrats’ high hopes of mitigating House losses in a rough election year have been dashed by reality. The question now is not whether Republicans hold the House — that’s a given. Rather, it’s how many seats could the GOP add to its majority on Election Day? And how close could it get to its post-World War II high of 246 in Harry S. Truman’s administration? Three weeks to Nov. 4, the House outlook remains bright for the GOP as national Democrats bail on once-promising opportunities in Virginia and Colorado, canceling television advertising to shift money to efforts to save vulnerable
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Kentucky Senate candidates seek base voters

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates are both trying to carve away voters from the other’s base of support after a quarrelsome debate. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell planned to court mining families in Democratic coal country Tuesday, while Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes was to campaign in the conservative northern part of the state. The debate Monday kicked off the final three weeks of a contentious and expensive campaign that could help determine which party controls the Senate. One of their starkest differences concerned the role climate change plays in the decline of the coal industry and the related economic depression in
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Democrats spending a million a day on Senate races

Senate Democrats’ campaign arm spent almost $1 million a day last month to defend their at-risk majority, according to a summary of their September finances released Monday. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s figures also indicate the group raised $16 million in September and began October with more than $14 million ready to spend. The group started September with more than $25 million banked, but began unloading its account last month, spending $27 million over a 30-day period. “As the campaign enters its final weeks, Democrats are in strong position to hold the majority,” committee chief Guy Cecil said in a
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Jimmy Carter back on the campaign trail

It’s been more than four decades since Jimmy Carter campaigned across Georgia and asked voters to make him governor. His winning race set the stage for his election as president in 1976. Carter’s just turned 90, but he was out campaigning on Sunday for his grandson Jason, a Democratic state senator and lawyer who’s challenging the Republican governor, Nathan Deal, on Nov. 4, in a close race. The former president and his grandson spoke during a church service open to the public in south Georgia, a key area for Jason Carter as he looks to woo former Democrats back to
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Governor’s race debate turns testy in Michigan

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder appealed for a second term during a debate Sunday by pointing to Michigan’s economic turnaround and Detroit’s progress toward emerging from bankruptcy, while Democratic challenger Mark Schauer accused Snyder of cutting education funding and criticized him for raising taxes on retirees. In their only debate before the Nov. 4 election, the sparring grew testy on issues such as taxes, state and local finances, and the candidates’ political experience. Recent polls showed Snyder, a former computer executive and venture capitalist, with a slight edge over Schauer, a former congressman and state lawmaker. Snyder told an audience of
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Obama wraps up California campaign fundraising trip

President Barack Obama on Saturday wrapped up a week that saw him raise campaign money for Democrats on both coasts. Obama attended a “round table” discussion at the home of Democratic donor and Zynga founder Mark Pincus and his wife, Ali, with about 25 supporters who paid up to $32,400 for the privilege, according to Democratic officials. It was Obama’s fourth California fundraiser in three days and was closed to media coverage. This coming week brings more of the same for the president, including his long-anticipated, first appearance at a campaign rally this election season. At an event Wednesday in
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Obama raising money for Democrats in California

President Barack Obama is on a three-day fundraising swing through California and what he says at some of his stops will be anybody’s guess. Two of the four events he’s attending in Los Angeles and San Francisco are closed-door. No media allowed in. The California events cap a week in which Obama flew from coast to coast to help raise much-needed campaign cash for fellow Democrats in the run-up to the Nov. 4 congressional elections. Democratic control of the Senate is at stake and Obama has been urging supporters to help his party preserve its majority. Obama also raised money
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Most Senate races focus on Obama

President Barack Obama’s policies, national and local economic issues and women’s rights sparked clashes Tuesday night as Senate candidates debated in five states with just a month left before Election Day. The debates were part of races both parties are counting on for victories — in Virginia for Democrats and in West Virginia for Republicans — and races where both parties are hoping to win a seat from the other, Democrats from Republicans in Georgia, and Republicans from Democrats in North Carolina. The race in Colorado figures to be among those that will decide whether the GOP will gain the
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Ebola gives Rick Perry a chance to show leadership

The first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States, and the revelation that dozens of others in Texas are now being monitored, is a potential health crisis that gives Republican Gov. Rick Perry another real-time leadership test and a chance to look presidential — or ineffective — on a national stage. The once and possibly future White House candidate has seized on similar opportunities before. He deployed 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border this summer after assailing what he called the Obama administration’s inaction amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children pouring into U.S. territory. Perry also
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GOP taking the Senate? Don’t bet on it yet

Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of “crushing” the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the U.S. Senate. There are increasing signs, however, that the GOP might not take control of the Senate and may only make modest gains in the House of Representatives. In states like North Carolina, for example, the GOP candidate hasn’t shown the ability to wage a major-league campaign. In other key battleground states, the establishment GOP is supporting problematic candidates, like
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