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As midterm elections approach, Democrats see hope

After enduring months of bad news and gloomy political forecasts, some Democrats are seeing signs of hope that Republican gains in the November 2 congressional elections will not be as big as predicted. A modest boost in the party’s national poll numbers and an upturn for Democratic candidates in a few key states, particularly California and Washington, have fueled Democratic hopes that a yearlong Republican wave of momentum may have crested. Several recent opinion polls also show a slight erosion in the huge Republican edge in enthusiasm for voting as President Barack Obama turns up his attacks on Republican economic
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Where’s Harry? Where’s Sharron?

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican rival Sharron Angle, both known for their verbal gaffes, are avoiding potentially unfriendly voters as much as each other. In the nation’s most prominent Senate battle, only one debate has been scheduled. Meanwhile, the candidates have made few public appearances at events where they might face tough questions. Nevada isn’t an Iowa or a New Hampshire. There’s no tradition of candidates feasting on funnel cake at the county fair or having a pint with constituents at the corner pub. Still, voters say they want more from the candidates, who have largely waged
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Republicans swamp Democrats with campaign ads

In one way at least, the fight for control of Congress is grossly one-sided. Just five weeks from midterm elections, groups allied with the Republican Party and financed in part by corporations and millionaires have amassed a crushing 6-1 advantage in television spending, and now are dominating the airwaves in closely contested districts and states across the country. The extra firepower on the conservative side comes as some key Democratic-leaning organizations are experiencing unexpected trouble raising money or motivating supporters. The advertising mismatch, reflected in campaign documents obtained by The Associated Press, is hampering efforts by President Barack Obama and
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Desperate Democrats try to rebrand themselves

Rep. Dina Titus has been a loyal soldier in pushing the Democrats’ ambitious agenda, voting for health care legislation, extended unemployment benefits, new energy taxes and a repeal of the military’s ban on gays serving openly. Her campaign signs, however, proclaim Titus an “independent voice” for Nevadans. Aware that their stock has taken the same tumble as home values, Congress‘ most vulnerable Democrats are declaring their independence from their party’s agenda in Facebook profiles, television advertisements, news interviews and campaign websites leading up to the Nov. 2 election. That’s when Republicans hope to retake control of the House they lost
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Polls show good news for California Democrats

Democrat Jerry Brown, criticized for a slow start in his campaign for California governor, has opened a narrow lead over Republican nominee and former eBay chief Meg Whitman, according to a poll released on Sunday. The new survey by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California also shows incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer — facing the toughest re-election fight of her career — widening her margin over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard. Brown, a former governor who is currently the state’s attorney general, holds a 49 percent to 44 percent lead over Whitman
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Third party candidates could become spoilers in election

Whether they are sore losers or never-say-die patriots, third-party candidates threaten to tip a handful of congressional and gubernatorial races to contenders who otherwise might have lost this fall. Nine-term Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware is the third prominent Republican to consider a third-party bid this year after a suffering a stinging setback at the hands of tea-party-backed conservatives. If Castle decides to make an independent run for Senate, he will join Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski in refusing to let GOP primary voters force them into retirement. While Crist, Murkowski and Castle are well-known politicians,
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Democrats want to tap voter anger over lost jobs

Businessman Randy Altschuler had barely won a Republican primary for Congress when New York Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop unleashed a television ad christening him an “outsourcing pioneer” who sent jobs overseas while millions of Americans struggle. “The company is really about Sri Lanka, the Philippines, wherever we could find the best talent,” Altschuler is shown saying in the commercial, while ominous music plays in the background. In case viewers miss the point, an announcer adds that Altschuler “made millions outsourcing jobs.” The 39-year-old first-time political candidate stands out for having spoken candidly on camera about the benefit of foreign workers.
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Things keep looking better for Republicans

Tilted toward the GOP from the start of the year, the political environment has grown even more favorable for Republicans and rockier for President Barack Obama and his Democrats over the long primary season that just ended with a bang. With November’s matchups set and the general election campaign beginning in earnest Wednesday, an Associated Press-GfK poll found that more Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction than did before the nomination contests got under way in February. Also, more now disapprove of the job Obama is doing. And more now want to see Republicans in control
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Stop the presses: Establishment candidate wins primary

In the last turn of a tumultuous primary season, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte narrowly won her state’s Republican Senate primary, to the relief of party officials in Washington who were struggling to adjust to the demise of their preferred candidate in another big race in Delaware. Seven weeks before Election Day, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that “turnout and enthusiasm are off the charts” across the nation and would benefit a resurgent GOP on Nov. 2. But at the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs said “intraparty Republican anger” — most recently evident in Christine O’Donnell’s
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Tea Party wins big on primary night

It’s tea time in America. Conservative Christine O’Donnell pulled off a stunning upset over nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware Tuesday, propelled by tea party activists into a November showdown with Democrat Chris Coons. After a primary season shaped by economic pain and exasperated voters, the grass-roots, anti-establishment movement can claim wins in at least seven GOP Senate races, a handful of Republican gubernatorial contests and dozens of House primary campaigns, and it influenced many others. In the fight for New Hampshire’s Republican Senate nomination, a second insurgent trailed in vote counting that was still
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