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Obama still looking for ways to recapture his old magic

President Barack Obama sought to recapture the magic of his 2008 campaign, holding a large open-air rally in Ohio to help struggling Democratic candidates in the Midwestern state. Amid voter anger over the sluggish economy and 9.6 percent unemployment, Obama’s Democrats are fighting to avoid steep losses in the Congress and in state governors’ races in the November 2 elections. “Everybody said ‘No, you can’t’ and in 2008 you showed them, ‘Yes, we can,'” Obama told a cheering crowd of 35,000 people at Ohio State University in Columbus. In a hoarse voice, he accused Republicans of siding with “special interests”
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Kentucky Senate debate takes nasty turn

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul angrily accused Democratic rival Jack Conway of descending “into the gutter” with a TV ad questioning Paul’s faith and demanded an apology during a Sunday night debate that turned bitterly personal. Paul denounced the commercial during his opening statement and quoted Scripture to deflect the attack while calling himself a “pro-life Christian.” Conway offered no apology and even repeated the accusations in his ad, which started airing statewide Friday night. “Those who stoop to the level of attacking a man’s religious beliefs to gain higher office, I believe that they should remember that it
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Former Obama supporters abandon Democrats, head for GOP

The coalition that catapulted Barack Obama into office in 2008 is gone, fed up with broken promises and unfulfilled dreams. Voters now appear willing to give Republicans another try along with tea party newcomers. A new Associated Press-Knowledge networks poll shows at least 25 percent of those who voted for Obama have defected to the GOP and will vote against Democrats in November. Half or more of these disaffected voters say they will definitely vote on Nov. 2 and the candidate they vote for will be anyone but a Democrat. But while Republicans stand to benefit from those abandoning the
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Sister Sarah says there will be dancing in the streets

Sarah Palin says Republicans and the tea party faithful will be dancing in the streets come election day because voters will return government to the little people. Campaigning in California, the former Alaska Governor and failed Vice Presidential candidate drew an enthusiastic crowd of about 2,000 in Orange County, bolstering GOP efforts to make substantial gains in California this year. “Soon we’ll all be dancing,” Palin told the crowd but the darling of the tea party warned the faithful to keep working and not fall into the trap of overconfidence. “The momentum is with us but now is not the
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GOP-tea party marriage: For better or worse

Colorado Republicans are hosting a campaign tea party this fall, for better or worse. Or maybe for better and worse, in a jarring demonstration of the potential and peril generated by a political movement responsible for reshaping the 2010 election season. One statewide nominee, Ken Buck, won the primary with the support of tea party activists and is a modest favorite to defeat appointed Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. He enjoys the full backing of the Republican Party, and the groups aligned with it are pouring millions into television ads to help him. The other, Dan Maes, went into a political
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Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Sixty minutes, two candidates and not a single moment of agreement. Instead, Republican Sharron Angle taunted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “man up” Thursday night in their only debate of a close, caustic and costly race. Speaking more softly, Reid called her extreme, an ally of the special interests and advocate for jettisoning government agencies that millions of Nevadans rely on. “We can’t trust you with taxes,” the tea party-backed Angle said near the end of their 60 shared minutes on a debate stage, returning to an allegation made nearly an hour earlier that he had voted to raise
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Like it or not, tea party is a factor in midterm elections

Weeks from the elections, the tea party has proven it’s no flash in the pan. More than 70 of its candidates are on ballots from coast to coast, and nearly three dozen are locked in competitive House races, according to a state-by-state analysis by The Associated Press. From the hundreds of conservative activists who took up the cause in races this year, these candidates — mostly Republicans — emerged to capture nominations and are running with the support of loosely organized tea party groups that are furious at the government. Some of the candidates are political newcomers who have struggled
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Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

A billboard depicting Barack Obama as an Islamist suicide bomber, a gay and a Mexican bandit has triggered a storm of criticism in a western US city weeks ahead of crucial polls. The colourful poster of the US president — under the ironic slogan “Vote DemocRAT” — is attracting attention from media worldwide and from people clogging a local parking lot for a closer look. “It?s beyond distasteful, and it?s disrespectful of the commander-in-chief,” said Martelle Daniels, chairwoman of the local Mesa County Democrats, calling it “clearly racist and homophobic.” “Certainly (it) is not designed for intelligent discourse at all,”
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Democrats scramble to save Harry Reid

Eager to protect their politically vulnerable Senate leader, Democrats plan to sink more than $2 million into Harry Reid’s home state of Nevada in the final weeks of the campaign, but have begun scaling back in Missouri where polls show their candidate trailing. The adjustments, described by officials from both parties, come as Republican-leaning outside groups maintain a drumbeat of advertising in both states as well as in other key battlegrounds. In the contest for control of the House, Republican-allied groups are planning a $50 million advertising drive, an extraordinary surge of spending aimed at keeping Democrats on the defensive.
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Foreclosure fury floods campaign trail

Three weeks before the election, anger over tainted home foreclosure documents is bursting into the battle for control of Congress, especially in hard-hit states such as Nevada and Florida. Democrats in tight races in the worst housing markets are pressing for a national moratorium, putting a reluctant White House on the spot. Leading the call for a nationwide time-out on kicking people out of their homes is Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is locked in a neck-and-neck re-election contest with tea party-endorsed Sharron Angle in Nevada, which has the highest foreclose rate in the country. Reid is decrying
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